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Alpines’ ‘Early Hours’ EP follows the release of two successful singles this year – ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Empire’ – that have seen them garner support from Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, Zane Lowe and Annie Mac as well as Pitchfork and Abeano.

They also enjoyed critical acclaim earlier this year when they collaborated with Maya Jane Coles, Craze + Hoax (who co-wrote ‘Heaven’ and produced ‘Next To Me’ for Emile Sandé) and Dark Sky.

Their blend of pop and avant garde influences have earned them comparisons with familiar names from electronica, such as Burial and Portishead - but the truth is that the music is unfamiliar. Florence Welch, who describes them as, “the xx crossed with Kate Bush”, has shown continued support, and in March honoured the duo by asking them to open for her at Alexandra Palace, which has been their biggest show to date.

Alpines have also picked up a number of other fans across music, fashion and even television. Sub Focus has written a track with vocalist Catherine Pockson entitled, 'Tidal Wave', which is his up coming single. They have also been working with the creative team at All Saints, and their song, 'Got Me Wrong', from the 'Early Hours' EP, will be used in the fashion brand's first ever TV campaign. They also appear in the advert, which will be aired in the early Autumn. In addition, they feature in the film for Dominic Jones’ 2011 jewellery range, and their music has been synced on CSI in the States twice.

The opening track on the Early Hours EP, ‘Got Me Wrong’, sees the band explore more dance and synth led influences, which, they say has resulted in, “probably our most up-tempo song to date.” The second track ‘Chances’ is one of the duo’s favourite songs, “we love the simplicity of the melody and the beat - it’s really addictive.” Up next is ‘Hidden Love'; it was the final track to be written for the EP and the band explain, “we weren’t even sure about putting it on – it’s probably the poppiest thing we’ve ever done, but felt it came out really well and decided to just go for it.” The final track ‘Deeper’ was originally used in a film about tattoos and art entitled, ‘Skin’, a documentary by Ryan Hope (who directed the videos for 'Drive' and 'Cocoon'). “We think it rounds off the EP really nicely and helps the four songs sit together well.”

Alpines have been in the studio working on their debut album - due for release in early 2013. They have been working with award winning producer Craig Silvey, who has worked on albums including Portishead’s ‘Third’, Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’ and The Horror’s ‘Primary Colours’.

Bob Matthews (guitars / synths/ production) said of working with Craig, "I think he added an old-school warmth and 'realness' to our sound. Before we started working with him, I did everything via the computer, but Craig helped us get out of the box and use more vintage analogue gear and synths. He gave our songs a new lease of life."

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