After parting ways with fellow SF Weekly Music Awards nominees Tussle, Alexis Georgopoulos took the name Arp and traded in the groove for ambiance. The transition proved favorable as evident in the release of In Light, a collection of swirling minimalism that garnered high critical praise. Arp's musical sensibilities are clearly still intact if not far more subdued -- the subtle electronic sounds of buzzing synthesizers and delicate computer manipulation break south of Tussle's ultra-danceable drum and bass a la Liquid Liquid, but remains just as engaging.
Arp's offering has drawn comparisons to the minimalist compositions of Brian Eno, Philip Glass, and, of course, Kraftwerk. Aside from In Light, Arp has contributed his brilliance to fellow SFers the Alps, and is set to open for electronic luminary Four Tet in New York this winter.
Alexis Georgopoulos' atmospheric sound as Arp makes him a strong nominee for a 2008 SF Weekly Music Award. Please cast your vote, but hurry, the deadline is today. --Oscar Pascual