The Alps : III

III is the first studio album (following two live albums) from far out San Francisco trio The Alps. The Alps draw on soundtracks and the most progressive - in a good way - aspects of funk, rock and folk before giving it a good old squeeze through the box marked 'weird'. Played on headphones, the peak time for this is sunrise, preferably without any sleep for a least 24 hours. It's the kinda thing NASA should have on the playlist to prepare astronauts for being shot into space. If The Verve hadn't gone rubbish after 'Northern Soul' and jetissoned Ashcroft, maybe into space, in favour of working with Kieran Hebden and chilling out *a lot*, they would've gone halfway to sounding as good as this.

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