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Yalpine's music combines lush electronic elements, synth bass, organ and guitar with unique drum rhythm's, providing a dreamy landscape for Vocalist Lina Hancock. Hancock is the emotive centerpiece with a voice and presence that invokes Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Beth Gibbons (Portishead), and Emily Haines (Metric, Broken Social Scene). Lina delivers her poignant, cryptic lyrics with a beauty and vulnerability that draws you in to her plight.
Yalpine was a featured performer at the 2011 California Music Industry Summit in Oakland. In August 2011 Yalpine's winning performance at The Beyond The Music Label Series Finale at 111 Minna earned them the title of BML Series Artist of the Year and went on to perform on August 20, 2011 at the “Planet LA Records Artists and Brands Showcase” in San Francisco at Mezzanine. On October 4, 2011 Yalpine released their debut EP "White Horse".
"White Horse" Reviewed by Leicester Bangs Magazine 11/16/2011
Winner of this year's prestigious Beyond the Music Label Series Final at San Francisco's 111 Minna Gallery, Yalpine celebrate their victory with the release of their debut EP. The five tracks on "White Horse" indicate a group with interesting influences, from post-punk electronics to Goldfrapp, early Portishead and all with the classic indie-pop instincts of Ladyhawke and Cat Power. Frontwoman Lina Hancock is in possession of a voice that perfectly suits her songs, and its wispy, dreamy tone is complimented by instrumentalists Shawn Scott and Matt Driscoll on synthesizers and guitars.
Opening with the title track, its appeal is instant. The sound is verdant and lush, and begins with waves of electronic sound around an off-kilter beat. It then evolves into jagged funk before settling again. All through Hancock adds gentle coaxing, faraway textures and ultimately emotional tension. It's quite a performance. They seem to enjoy breaking their songs down into quite separate parts. "Nobody" features a disturbed, almost circus-like section and "In The Sand" has a chorus that could be a distant cousin of Holland-Dozier-Holland's "You Keep Me Hanging On" - Kim Wilde's version, funnily enough.
I must say "White Horse" is a thoroughly enjoyable debut collection, though over far too quickly. I hope they get around to a full length record sooner rather than later.