Another River is London duo Alpines’ follow up to their debut LP release Oasis.
There’s a touch of the ‘90s in title track Another River, reminiscent of the kind of mellow RnB characterised by Warren G. Singer Catherine Pockson’s distinctive, soulful voice stands out against Bob Matthew’s stripped back beats, bringing something new to a genre that came to prominence a few years ago, through Mercury prize winners The xx and Nottingham’s Indiana.
Yet, there’s another layer to Alpines’ sound, bring together the simple electro with compelling rhythm and blues. This is best exemplified in Stay, a lovelorn anthem.
Lead single Heaven is, as expected, a highlight, with a persistent beat and an uplifting message. It is the antithesis of Stay, a story of euphoric love.
Another River is, overall, a sound that is pared back from Alpines’ debut release and it would be interesting to see if this is the duo trying something new or if this is a new direction. Either way, Another River should be successful in attracting a new audience while not alienating established fans.
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Another River by Alpines is available now.