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Perth’s Alex Arpino shares retro gaming inspired video for new single ‘Falling Away to the Moonlight’

Alex Arpino has had a rich history in Perth music, with a decade fronting indie pop purveyors The Autumn Isles behind him, he has now set out on a solo escapade with his debut self-tilted record. Following on from singles Space Ghost (In a Puppet) and I Remember You (Dancing with the Devil), Alex finds himself exploring social anxiety via the medium of big harmonies and punchy synth arpeggios with Falling Away to the Moonlight.

Once again teaming up with Yaegar Mora-Strauks of YS Productions to bring a retro gaming, haunted arcade machine vision to life, Alex reflects “I recall this song had a real immediacy in the writing process, no tricks just a pure melody to the chorus. I found myself in an autobiographical headspace; it’s essentially about trying to navigate a scene filled with strong appearances and agendas, trying to maintain authenticity and getting a bit overwhelmed in the process at times. I liked the idea of a game, chasing a goal with hurdles and challenges and essentially just letting go. The retro video game image really came through for me and it was a fun process bringing that to the screen”.

Written, produced and recorded in his studio, Alex Arpino handles all instrumental and vocal duties with help from Malcolm Clark (The Sleepy Jackson) on drums and has pieced together an infectious set of songs balancing the line between new wave and psych pop. A creative force, Alex Arpino has been described as a renaissance man, whether it’s producing large scale urban art murals and delicate portrait work or constructing records, his depth of artistry and attention to detail consistently shines through.


From the epic announcement of opener To Find Your Place to the timeless; heartfelt familiarity of closer With Your Love, it is apparent that Alex Arpino has found a distinctive voice in each song and masterfully nurtured it to fruition. I Remember You (Dancing with the Devil) is born from 80’s FM radio, with its synth motif and commanding pop lead vocal, it declares his love of melody and big brass choruses. Star-Crossed Lovers is a rollicking power pop number that speaks to his teens, with influences like Sloan and the Pixies lovingly presented here. Alex Arpino affectionately moulds a broad spectrum of sounds into an accomplished, completed work that is rich from start to finish.

As a lyricist he has historically painted pictures in metaphor and existential themes. This work has been far more autobiographical, recollections of lost love, childhood hopes and adolescent adventures. There is a cinematic quality here, no more apparent than with Bright Lights Disaster, a haunting song that suggests a dystopian scene with a longing for connection and solace. Melodies and Self Deprivation, a song presented across several acts, is a lush foot note to the personal challenges faced in the lead up to the production of this ambitious album.

Alex Arpino is the sum total of his musical experience to date, a love letter to his youth and a bold introduction to his artistry.


Alex Arpino’ out now feat new single ‘Falling Away to the Moonlight’
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