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Alpine, “Tough Skin”

I’m at the stage of adoration with the Catcall record (it was on Fader! and then Pitchfork! people might actually be listening to this outside Australia soon!) where I’m actively looking up other groups on their label. (OK, the SoundCloud the record’s streaming on that has a record label’s name, which I’d say is evidence enough.) This track’s another sleek, synthpop track, the sort that’s starting to exceed the music world’s carrying capacity, but it’s warmer, dreamier; think a more acoustic Little Dragon, perhaps, or (if you’ve humored my incessant talking about the record) a faster-paced Sophie Zeyl. I tend to prefer spikier music anyway — it’s why I’m hesitant to listen to the new Beach House, even though people who’ve actually heard the record might find that really silly to read — and when it’s gorgeous too, that’s even better.

I like this song and EP a lot! And also the Catcall album. This is all great!

And now. I’m sorry - but I am going to derail this lovely song and above thought a little bit: I enjoy Ian Cohen’s reviews and I enjoy (or, well, seem to get a pleasant frisson from) Andrew “Falco” Falkous. But angry dudes arguing about who’s angrier - especially when one of you is a noted maker of angry music and the other is a noted maker of angry (or “panning-the-fuck-out-of”) music reviews is somehow a lot less interesting than I thought it would have been. That being said… it sounds like more of a messaging-attention problem than a review problem: If someone is judging an entire album based on two quoted-quoted lines, then maybe you don’t want them as a fan. (J/k - you do because of the $$$.)

It could be the weather, but I sort of like this Beach House-Grimes-2:54-Catcall-Alpine chill thing going on right now.