REDUX: Alpine

UPDATE: Alpine's excellent A Is For Alpine album has been picked up for U.S. release May 21, 2013 via Votiv. The band, recent winners of the prestigious Age EG award for Album of the Year, will tour the U.S. this spring. Watch the new video for the song "Seeing Red" below...

The angular meets the angelic with Alpine, a Melbourne-based band of art-pop Aussies who have delivered one of the most original and eclectic albums of the year. Melding the dual-harmonied, pixie-ish vocals of frontwomen and longtime friends Lou James and Phoebe Baker with brisk, scattered beats and some ridiculously inventive guitar play, Alpine turn their A Is For Alpine into a collection of songs so imaginative and just plain different that the effect is as mindbending as it is mesmerizing. A 2010 EP Zürich and some quirky videos laid the groundwork, creating buzz and garnering airplay but nothing quite prepared us for the brash and audacious full-length debut. More than just a collection of literate and quirky love songs, the album works as an album -- not an easy thing to do, actually -- shifting from one odd tempo to the next, darting down one musical alley only to double back mid-stream on a whole new rhythmic twist or splendid out-of-the-blue chorus. In a word: brilliant. Watch videos below...

Alpine - "The Vigour" (from A Is For Alpine)

Alpine - "Multiplication" (from A Is For Alpine)