Avant pop duo Alpines have been described by Florence Welch as ‘the xx crossed with Kate Bush’. 2013 promises a debut album and accompanying acclaim…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 29 Oct 2012
  • min read
South London’s Alpines make what they call glacial “night pop”. It's a description befitting of their wintery name and the fashion videos which their music has already soundtracked.

Dubbed by Florence Welch as ‘the xx crossed with Kate Bush’, the pair have spent much of the year garnering plaudits from all corners. New EP Early Hours follows in the musical footsteps of previous releases - Cocoon and Empire – and their cover of Carly Simon’s Why? (made in collaboration with techno producer Maya Jane Coles). It sees the pair continue to wear their love of all things pop and avant garde on their sleeves.

2013 has seen Alpines support Florence and the Machine (at Florence's request) and Emelie Sande – they’ve also recently released two videos directed by Hunger Magazine's Vicky Lawton while a debut album is mooted for release in early 2013.

The pair have been squirreled away with award winning producer Craig Silvey, who has worked on albums such as Portishead’s Third and The Horror’s Primary Colours. These musical touchstones should act as a sign post to the direction in which they’re heading…

Early Hours' is out now on Untrue Records.