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Die Alps! - Our City

by Nathan Fidler Rating:4 Release Date:2017-08-04

Husband and wife combos are few and far between, but luckily we have Die Alps! to up the number. Their first full album, Our City, is the culmination of nearly five years of work, aiming for that alt-indie, pop-like sweet spot.

If you were to find a Die Alps! song on a modern rom-com soundtrack, you would probably find your interest piqued, but when listening to Our City as a whole, there isn’t anything immediately special. Sure there is the husband-wife vocals dynamic, but it’s not played with any intensity or sugary dedication - you wouldn’t really have a clue there was a relationship there without looking them up.

The drums across the album are often the playground bully, egging on the others for some real meat, but it doesn’t come. Instead you’re left with fairly sleepy, MOR indie-pop. ‘Invincible’ lasts over four minutes but is instantly forgettable, with quiet piano and overlapping waves of guitar.

‘Dwight’ does the band some good, playing down the guitars and bringing the piano to the forefront, making for a more twee, but more relatable and comforting song. It’s the middle portion of the album which should give you reason to revisit the album as a whole. Almost slap bang in the middle, ‘Get Yours’ introduces a purposeful width you might not have otherwise noticed elsewhere. With some pep and a melodic hook in both the verse and chorus, they finally get you involved.

Therein lies the issue though; to make something of your indie-alt-rock musings there is usually some sort of hook. Whether it’s a combo of melody and wit, an unusual guitar and bass interplay or something dark mixed with something sweet, there needs to be a reward for repeat listens - you need to have your pleasure centres stimulated.

Past the three tracks in the middle, things grind to a plod again, but the difference is you have a greater appreciation for tracks like ‘Hands Up’ and ‘We Fought The Sea’, the latter of which bristles (finally!). There are no gems to speak of, but there is a whole lot of struggle.

They’ve struggled to get here, you’ll struggle to listen more than once and they’ll struggle to understand why.

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