As with most things – dating, procrastinating, the ease of takeaways – this brand new concept The Internet is both a HUGE positive and QUITE A BIT OF A negative for “new music”. The positive? Loads and loads and loads of new music. Jukeboxes full; more than John Peel could have ever dreamt of. Written the next Single Ladies or Jerusalem? Stick it on Soundcloud! The negative? As with those restaurant menus that are only one paper size smaller than a motorway billboard, too much choice isn’t always a good thing.
If you’re a FOMO sufferer expect to bid adieu to rest, as you search for the next star and plan to remind your friends how you heard them first with your new music brag. If, however, you prefer the thought of a Jim Royle staycation than an Indiana Jones adventure, you might prefer the New Music Blag (hint: Unlike Su’s Anal Bum Party it works great as a hashtag). We’ll introduce you to a new artist and you’re quite welcome to take the credit.
Who? While forming way back in 2010, it would be another four years until Alpines (Bob Matthews and Catherine Pockson) would release their debut album, Oasis. Thankfully not a covers collection to the brothers who ensure the NME remains a 10-minute tube journey rag, the collection was 90s influenced – taking the grooves from laid back dance anthems of the decade, and decorating them with smooth vocals and effects more in keeping with the present day. This year’s follow up, Another River, uses similar influences but the finished product is already older, wiser, and more direct.
What to say: “You know when you’ve got your music on, and you’re walking through the city in dusk, imagining you’re starring in your own arty music video? This is the band to do that to.”
The maths: (London Grammar + Portishead) x Archive
The releases: Second album, Another River, can be found in the usual physical and digital record shops, alongside a live EP released earlier this year, Live at Metropolis Studios.
Live: On their recent Goldfrapp opening date at the O2 Brixton Academy, Alpines did what few support acts can, by shushing the majority of the crowd, alluring them into the shadows and secrets of their set. Catherine’s vocals are rich and warm like luxury hot chocolate, while Bob’s production makes the hot beverage something current, rather than an old dear’s winter warmer; it’s deconstructed and for the capital rather than the countryside. While Goldfrapp‘s work switches from the stark to the robotic, Alpines meld the two – soundtracking the heart of the city with industrial instrumentation. There’s something of Lykke Li about Catherine’s performance, sending onlookers into a trance as she uses the band’s fashion brand links to secure a set that’s enticing and super cool.
See them yourself: No dates right now, so keep your eyes glued to those socials.