Sydney’s Ivy League Records are thrilled to announce the return of beloved Melbourne-based outfit Alpine, who today share their insanely catchy new single “Dumb.” To celebrate their long-awaited comeback, the band have shared the official video for the track (directed by Marie Panguard) and have announced a string of Australian headline shows in July.
Alpine have previously released two full-length albums & garnered support from Pitchfork, NPR Music, Rolling Stone, The Guardian; performed live on Jimmy Kimmel as well as NPR’s Tiny Desk series; and toured the US with the likes of Grouplove, Crystal Fighters and Empire of the Sun.
“Dumb” came together during a Melbourne winter after keyboardist Tim Royall had returned from a trip to Japan and was on a mission to write something reminiscent of the music he’d heard in the clubs and bars of Tokyo and Osaka. As playful as it is sophisticated, as nostalgic as it is modern; the song brings to life a balance that Alpine have always managed to strike with ease.
Lyrically, the song is about being devoted to someone who isn’t devoted to you.
In lead singer Phoebe Baker’s own words, “It’s about how we can encourage our romantic imagination to a point of ignorance. Hopeless optimism on a ship of sinking love. There is a somewhat perverse enjoyment found when flirting with someone when ultimately you know it’s going to hurt. There are elements of play to be found within the slow dissolve of a relationship. Satisfaction can still be gained in the midst of an ending.”
Primarily “Dumb” is about how someone can make you speechless and nonsensically talkative at the same time.
“Dumb” is out now, buy/stream it here.
SEE ALPINE LIVE 2019
June 22 – Theatre Royal – Castlemaine VIC
June 29 – Howler – Melbourne
July 3 – Jack Rabbit Slims – Perth
July 4 – Rocket Bar – Adelaide
July 11 – The Lansdowne – Sydney
July 13 – The Foundry – Brisbane