When you think Australia, here are a list of things that likely don’t come to mind: ethereal music, glitter, synchronized dancing, and Kate Bush. But that is exactly what the members of the band Alpine are bringing to the table.
The group’s album A Is For Alpine is similar in sound to the music of Canadian bands like Stars and Broken Social Scene. In their native country, The Age said Alpine had created one of the best albums of 2012. They were nominated for two ARIAs (Australia’s GRAMMYs), while iTunes Australia dubbed A Is For Alpine the Alternative Album of the Year.
And this is only their debut record.
A six-piece group, Alpine is driven by a songwriting style that deftly blends their playful, dyadic vocals into their melodies and rhythms (“one of us can hold the melody, and the other can do some kind of…decorating,” says Alpine vocalist Phoebe Baker). The music is intense but at the same time stays light. Hand claps and other small sounds that usually get buried in the mix are distinct here; and the bandmembers aren’t afraid to push the levels on the whole thing up or down to enhance the mood.
The single “Gasoline” makes a great summer jam. In an interview with Radio.com, Alpine singers Baker and Lou James talked about writing it.
“It was written about having a crush on somebody, somebody who had a girlfriend, and it was kind of a fun, exciting crush. An unattainable crush that was really intense,” James said, smiling at the memory. “It was a crush attack.”