Alex Gopher - “Out of the Inside”
I have an interesting relationship with the album this track comes from. I don’t recall the circumstances in which I discovered it, but I always assumed Alex Gopher was just some French electro musician — among the legions of better, and better-known, like Etienne de Crecy, Air, SebastiAn (and indeed most of the Ed Banger stable, including Justice if we’re being generous), and so on ad infinitum — with a few catchy numbers on an otherwise mediocre album. Thing is, in the almost 3 years I’ve had this album (self-titled), the first track was the only one I really liked. But it turns out it’s just kind of a slow-burner, and it’s gradually grown on me.
With that in mind, I was surprised to learn that Alex Gopher started his career in a pop band called Orange. In the band with him? Etienne de Crecy and both members of Air.
This opening track in particular is unquestionably catchy, but your results may vary with the rest of the album. Though I’m not ready to declare it a best of any time period or genre, as the timing of this post might suggest, I’ve been listening to it all morning, amidst frequent interjections from my wife that it sounds just like Talking Heads, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to a fan of poppy, accessible electro (and French electro, in particular).