Alpine (not to be confused with Alpines) are an indie-pop sextet from Melbourne who are receiving rave reviews and amassing fans by the bucket load in their native country including a recent string of dates with The Jezabels, their latest single 'Hands' is the first release from their forthcoming debut album (due early 2012) and follows last years 'Zurich' EP.
The bands name is apt when it comes to describing their sound, "Hands" is built around icy synth beat rhythms, shimmering guitars, hand claps and smooth, ethereal vocal harmonies that you'd be forgiving for describing as somewhat Scandinavian.
"Villages" understated guitar riff builds through fluid key-changes to a catchy, hooky chorus. The production is sleek throughout, the chiming guitars, pounding percussion and soothing, blissful dual vocals make the lead-track perhaps the strongest on their debut EP. Their pop sensibilities can be heard on the "Heartlove", its fast, urgent pacing lead to a multi-layered pop / dance track that is irresistibly fun while "Tough Skin" highlights a softer, gentle of the side with a fizzing synth beat and daydream inducing vocals.
The band have some dates throughout Australia in January next year, their album is one to keep an eye out for. Listen below:
Hands by alpineband
Villages by alpineband
The video is, err, odd! If you've a licking fetish it's definitely for you!