There must be something in the water surrounding Australia, besides, of course, infamously venomous and horrific creatures. The Aussies’ electronic pop always seems so bright and polished, so eternally summery (see Cut Copy, Anna Lunoe). Alpine’s sophomore album, Yuck, continues this trend with shimmery explorations dancing on the outer edges of pop composition. Ear candies like “Foolish” and “Jellyfish” are especially sweet and sumptuous, with enough slight sonic twists to keep things interesting. Some songs have a broken-record quality — “Damn Baby” feels too long — but overall it’s a great electro-pop album for the season. Hear before summer expires.


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