Tag: A Is For Alpine
Titled like a kid’s first book, A Is For Alpine is Alpine’s first full-length release, and for most it will certainly act as an introduction to the Melbourne sextet. The whimsical melodies and almost childlike falsetto enunciation evoke the innocence of formative years – but the band has existed since 2009 and, having now earned solid critique, record company approval and spots supporting some of the country’s biggest acts, this record in fact represents Alpine’s coming of age.
It’s very rare for a band to release two incredible singles in a row (‘Hands’, ‘Gasoline’) and follow it up with an album that is anywhere near as good, so I was worried about how this record would turn out. Thankfully, Melbourne sextet Alpine aren’t just two shells in a double-barrel shotgun – they’re the whole army.
A Is For Alpine is a gorgeous record full of the-band-formerly-know-as-Swiss’ trademark breathy vocals, upper octave guitar flourishes, and synthetic, ‘90s synth pads. It’s tastefully arranged and extremely well-produced for a local act signed to an indie label, much of which has to do with the skills of Dann Hume, who mans the mixers here but who you may know better from his days in Evermore.