ALPINE are a dreamy electro-pop sound more evocative of Scandinavia than Australia. The sextet has already made a splash in their native country with iTunes’ Australian Alternative Album of the Year, but Alpine is just arriving to the North American indie-music scene with their debut album, A is for Alpine. While there’s something about their music that calls to mind the crisp air and snowy foothills of the Swiss Alps, it’s actually the Australian Alps that lead singer Phoebe Baker recalls when talking about the origins of the band name.
The album is full of sugary, melodic songs including one of the band’s most recent singles, “Gasoline”, a catchy electronic track that belongs on any summer playlist. Don’t expect their live show to match whimsical innocence of Baker and her co-singer Lou James’s dual vocals. The band performed at SXSW for the past two years, gaining attention for their energetic, effervescent sets (think Lykke Li, times two). “The stage is a great form to get your alter ego on and play,” Baker tells Time. “Take all your crazy out and hope the audience feels comfortable with that as well.”
Alpine play their first Toronto headlining show at the Drake Underground with special guests, BASIC VACATION.
Advance tickets are available at Rotate This & Soundscapes, and online at Ticketweb.