Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Hands” by Alpine from the forthcoming 2012 album on Ivy League Records.
Alpine are fast becoming 2012’s hottest Australian musical exports, having toured with the likes of Cloud Control, Sia, and most notably, 2011’s hottest New Zealand export, The Naked and Famous. However, it was only a couple of years ago that band members Ryan, Christian, and co-frontwomen, Phoebe and Lou, with only four songs in their musical resume, got offered their first show to play. In short fashion, they wrote enough additional material to release their 2010 EP, Zurich, which featured singles, “Villages” and “Heartlove,'” both of which made Australia radio network Triple J’s Top 10 tracks of the year. Ultimately, Alpine would soon headline their own tours, selling out dates all over Australia as well as being championed by Triple J and Pitchfork.
“Hands” is one of the first tracks that they wrote for the forthcoming 2012 album and it is most indicative of Alpine’s brand of shoegaze pop. Featuring a clean, European aesthetic, hypnotic rhythms and harmonies, and ethereal vocals, Alpine have since garnered comparisons to Lykke Li and The XX.
Alpine have just recently wrapped both January’s Hands Across Australia tour as well as their SXSW 2012 stint. While their 2012 album is forthcoming, neither the album’s release date or future tour dates have been announced. In the meantime, check out their Facebook and Myspace pages as well as the official video for today’s featured song: