The London duo return with one of the most crafty and emotive R&B records you’ll hear this year, out October 28 via Metropolis Recordings.
Teased earlier this year with the slick intimacy of Completely, Alpines’ sophomore LP Another River pares down the sound of their 2014 debut Oasis. This new effort is not so much the sound of a duo finding their feet, as it is an utterly standout performance from a couple of intrepid sonic experimenters subtly refining their craft.
Their futurist brand of production renders Catherine Pockson’s R&B melodies into dazzling soundscapes, each thrumming with a life of its own. The duo’s application has fuelled various collaborations in the fashion world, including the likes of All Saints, Paul Smith and Urban Outfitters.
The duo are masters in creating cerebral and inventive music without compromising on the simple unabashed joy of melody. Another River is an emotive outpouring on love and life that will resonate with people everywhere. It’s easy to see why British pop titans including The xx, The Maccabees and Florence Welch are fans. It’s time for a changing of the guards and Alpines are the new wave.
Alpines are Bob Matthews and Catherine Pockson.
answered by Bob
Meet – Alpines
for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
Catherine and I met at a wedding in Bristol. We were both playing music in other projects but started writing together and we soon realised we had something unique.
who would you list as your musical influence?.
Brian Eno is my musical hero.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
The fact that we’re still here doing it after 6 years is pretty amazing. But in terms of one moment – I can think of one amazing party we were invited to at Battersea Power Station. I saw Edgar Davids!
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
We want to keep doing what we’re doing, and continue growing. I know that our albums will keep getting better, as long as we have the chance to make them. Our shared dream is to be able to carry on doing music for the rest of our careers.
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
It usually takes me a few years to listen to an album, and then you can hear it without the distortion of hype surrounding it. But recently we have both loved Jamie Woon, Nao and James Blake. I know Catherine can’t wait for the next Frank Ocean record, and she is still patiently waiting for Sampha to release a full-length.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
Probably the far east, Japan. And Scandinavia!
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
It’s different for everyone. Some people cannot get through the day without music, but others have no time for it in their lives. Some people lose their love for music as they grow up, while others discover a passion for it later. It’s a magical thing.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
I look forward to you hearing the new record. When you listen to it for the first time, make sure there’s no distractions and turn it up loud! That’s how it sounds best.