***** If you come into this album, expect breathy vocal harmonies accompanied by generally lo-fi (surprisingly for a group with 6 members) production primarily of simple guitar and drumming. If you expect otherwise, you'll be disappointed.
I find this to be a great album to listen to late at night as it lacks the abrasive elements that can make a lot of music uncomfortable at that time. It just fits the mood so well for what I'd like to hear.
It's always interesting to track the progress of a band over time. In Alpine's case, I'd been aware of them for some time but only really started to take notice towards the end of 2011. In the year or so prior to this album's release, the band had released numerous singles, many of which appear on the album. The reason I note this is because the subtle evolution of their music really shows itself when you find yourself listening to "All For One" preceding "Too Safe". That being said, this doesn't come across as jarring in the music. If I didn't know better, it wouldn't be hard to convince me that it was all recorded together, which makes it easy to listen to without paying much attention (note Beach House's "Bloom").
This album has had great mileage for me. The sonic textures that run throughout are delightful, even in subtle moments I continue to discover (there's great audio panning at the end of "Seeing Red" for example). One year ago I was actually using Alpine as an example of not caring about an artist despite having purchased a single, but somewhere along the way I was convinced that the whole album would be worth the intrigue and I still think it is. Last edited: 28/10/2012 17:44
**** Indie Pop / Indie Dance / Indietronica / Synth-Pop. In Ordnung gehendes Debütalbum aus 2012 des australischen Sextetts um die Sängerinnen Phoebe Baker und Lou James, welche die Songs auf überaus süsse Art vortragen, 4*...