Alpines

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Alpines
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Alpines performing at Club Academy, Manchester, 2011.
Background information
Origin Kingston upon Thames, London
Genres Pop, soul[1]
Years active 2010 – present
Labels Polydor Records (2010-2012), Untrue Records (2012)
Associated acts The Naked and Famous, Skream, Mafia Lights, Youth Kills, Akira Kiteshi, Sub Focus
Website alpinesmusic.com
Members Bob Matthews
Catherine Pockson

Alpines is a UK duo based in Kingston upon Thames in South London, made up of Bob Matthews (guitar and production) and Catherine Pockson (pianist, singer/songwriter). Since forming in 2010 the band has toured and supported The Naked and Famous,[2] Emeli Sande and Florence + The Machine at the Alexandra Palace on 10 March 2012. In 2011 Alpines signed a deal with EMI Music Publishing (now Sony/ATV). Alpines release their debut album "Oasis" on 26 May 2014 on their own label, Untrue Records.

Media[edit]

Their track "Drive" was used by Rankin in a video for fashion designer Hannah Marshall in 2011. A clip of Alpines' track "Saviour" was used in an advert for the BBC Three programme Bringing Up Britain in March 2011.[3] In 2011, their track "Cocoon" was used during an episode of the US crime series CSI, and "Fossilised" was used in another CSI episode in 2012. Their song "Empire" which was released as a video in May 2012 was used by Sky Atlantic for the trailer of the new series of Boardwalk Empire season 3 Autumn 2012 and by ESPN for US Barclays Center Classic in November 2012.

In August 2012, their song "Got Me Wrong" from their Early Hours EP was featured in All Saints Autumn/Winter Fashion Collection TV Campaign in which Catherine and Bob also appeared. All Saints have issued Alpines Basement session videos of "Got Me Wrong" and "Chances". Alpines have continued their association with Rankin whose Hunger TV Company has produced their videos of "Got Me Wrong" and "Chances" including a studio piano performance of "Chances".

On 18 January 2013, Vogue on Line introduced Alpines release of their single "Lights" and a mini film video of Lights featuring Emily Berrington and Ben Lloyd-Hughes directed by Ryan Hope. In September 2013, Alpines "Cocoon" was used in a short film introducing Eudon Choi's fashion collection for River Island Design Forum. In autumn 2014, "Tidal Wave" was featured in the TV and film advert "Sound with Power" for Mercedes.[4] "Empire" was used by Starz Entertainment in the promotion of the Starz Denver Film Festival in November 2013 and for the promotion of original TV and films showing on Starz TV in the USA during the first quarter of 2014.

Songwriting and collaborations[edit]

Alpines have written the song "Tidal Wave" with Sub Focus. The record, which features Catherine singing, was released by Sub Focus on Mercury on 4 November 2012, and reached No. 12 in the BBC Official Singles Chart on 12 November 2012. "Tidal Wave" is also a track on Sub Focus LP "Torus" released on 30 September 2013. SubFocus and Alpines were awarded a silver disc for Tidal Wave by the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) on 14 February 2014.[5] Catherine also sang on The Maccabees' LP Given to the Wild on the track "Unknow" released 9 January 2012 and sang it with them at the Little Noise Sessions in November 2012 which was shown by Channel 4 on 20 December 2012.

Catherine has co-written and sung "Fall From Grace" which is on Maya Jane Coles' debut album "Comfort" released on 1 July 2013. Alpines previously collaborated with Maya Jane Coles on their version of "Why" released 20 March 2012, and she also produced a remix of Alpines "Cocoon" under her Nocturnal Sunshine name which was released by Alpines on 22 August 2011. Alpines co-wrote the song "The Key" which Catherine sang on Creep's album "Echoes" which was released on 12 November 2013.

In addition to writing and producing their own music, Alpines have issued their own remixes of other artists including Lana Del Rey's "Blue Jeans" and Emile Sande's "Heaven". In 2011 Alpines also collaborated with other producers on some of their songs including "Tremors" with producer trio Dark Sky and "Gold" with Craze and Hoax.

Oasis studio album

Alpines wrote and produced all the tracks on the album with contributions from MNEK on "Blind" and "Sunset" and Vince Kidd on "Zero". The album artwork photos taken by Cyrus Mahboubian will be on display at the opening of the De Re Art Gallery Hollywood from 16 May 2014, and the album will be sound tracking the exhibition of modern art through the summer.[6]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Year Album details
2014 Oasis

EPs[edit]

Year Album details
2011 Night Drive
2012 Early Hours
  • Released: 8 October 2012
  • Label: Untrue Records
  • Format: Download
  • [4]

Singles[edit]

Drive

Cocoon

  • Released: 22 August 2011
  • Label: Polydor Recordings
  • Format: Download, vinyl

Empire

  • Released: 11 June 2012
  • Label: Untrue Records
  • Format: Download, vinyl

Lights

  • Released 20 January 2013
  • Label: Untrue Records
  • Format: Download

Oasis

  • Released: 20 January 2014
  • Label: Untrue Records
  • Format: Download

No Other Lover

  • Released: April/May 2014
  • Label: Untrue Records
  • Format: Download

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