Geez. What’s in the Melbourne water these days? City Calm Down, The Removalists, and the return of Alpine with the declaration album, “A Is For Alpine”, a record already released in Australia and New Zealand, but officially making a U.S. debut on May 21. This record will blow you away, somewhere between the romantic and lush vocal harmonies of “Gasoline” and the hypnotic combination of staccato rythmn and strutting beats of “Hands”. Yesterday was my first chance at hearing this record in it’s totality, and getting my first-ever listen to the sugary blending of Phoebe Baker’s and Lou James’ vocals. This is a record whose landscapes are airy singalong choruses, honeyed-harmonics — dreamy layer upon layer. — David D. Robbins Jr.