Alpine’s highly anticipated new album Yuck is out now on Votiv Music. To celebrate the release, the video for “Damn Baby” is premiering at Stereogum. In addition, the band was featured this weekend on NPR Weekend Edition Saturday.
Yuck is receiving early critical acclaim:
“Surveys a landscape of atmospheric beats…buoyant…” —NPR Music
“…Alpine craft pop songs with manicured precision, nudging every sound into exactly the right place.” —Stereogum
“It’s hard not to get up and shake it while listening to the breezy female vocals of Phoebe Baker and Lou James.” —NYLON
“Rich and sophisticated, well conceived from every angle.” —VICE’s Noisey
Lyrically, the album sees the band explore their “yuck” reactions to “first world problems”— awkward dates, a distaste for romance, lust when lust was lost, plastic vanity, foolish attraction and ego against egos. While musically, inspiration came from the desire to push the “pop” genre to new and often weird places, Christian O’Brien(guitarist and co-producer of the album) notes, “Most of the music of the songs came from a textural or harmonic idea that I was curious about. I wanted to see if certain things would work in a pop song.”
Of the band’s collective growth and songwriting process O’Brien further explains, “We took our time. We grew with the album and it developed organically into the collection of songs that we’re so completely in love with.”
Yuck was recorded in Melbourne at MOOF studios. The band joined forces with A Is for Alpine producer and collaborator Dann Hume, who produced the record alongside O’Brien. Of working with Hume a second time around, Lou James (vocals) explains, “he’s practically a brother from another mother. We already formed a solid foundation with him. He knew how we individually wrote in the studio and I could tell he made sure he got the best out of each of us.”
Alpine is Phoebe Baker and Lou James (dual vocals), Christian O’Brien (guitar),Ryan Lamb (bass), Tim Royall (keys) and Phil Tucker (drums). Since forming, Alpine have toured internationally, including sold out shows, festival appearances, and touring alongside acts such as Grouplove and Empire of the Sun.