If you take pleasure in beautiful harmonies, delicious overlays of synth, and mesmerising rhythms, then Alpine is the band for you. Life was breathed into this Melbourne six piece in 2010 under their original name "Swiss" and was revealed to the Australian public soon after through the influential Triple J Unearthed stream, which has helped pave the way for many massive Australian bands.
Having toured with the Naked and Famous, and currently on a national tour of Australia with Sparkadia and Operator Please, Alpine will no doubt be one to watch in 2011 after releasing their debut EP, Zurich.
Something which sets Alpine apart is their two female lead songstresses. Louisa James and Phoebe Baker work seamlessly in tandem, their vocals intertwining delectably throughout. The album has an underlying arctic feel to it, but rather than lulling the listener, a number of the tracks have a definite head-bob effect.
Zurich has five magnificently constructed tracks, each with a different story to tell. "Heartlove," their debut single released in August 2010, is an upbeat synth-pop daydream and pulls the listener in from the get-go. "Too Safe" slows the pace down a little and relies on the haunting vocals to captivate, while the never-ending march of "Villages" is only broken by the intriguingly questioning chorus.
Funny enough, such perfect wintery music was released during the sweltering Australian summer. Alpine gives off a vibe so cool that even an Eskimo would be running for extra thermals. Zurich is guaranteed contentment, whether you're listening to it in the inflatable pool or in front of a raging fire. Please enjoy.