Alpenglow is a band intensely influenced by its surroundings. They made their 2014 EP, Chapel, while living in a ramshackle house in a Vermont mountain town, population 588, once home to Robert Frost. The album, which has a reverent and spacious sound, was produced by Jesse Lauter (The Low Anthem, Elvis Perkins, Langhorne Slim) and was recorded in a stone chapel down the road.
The release of Chapel led Alpenglow to tours opening for Lucius, Timber Timbre, and their spiritual guru, Jim James of My Morning Jacket. After moving to Brooklyn, Alpenglow’s music gained an urgency and intensity that wasn’t there before. Practicing next to metal bands made Alpenglow play louder. Their focus shifted to beats, grooves, tones, and colors. They started using synthesizers and bought a drum machine. The result was a new sound inspired by exposure to the people, shows, styles, and art of the city. They took this new sound into the studio with musician and producer Sam Cohen (Danger Mouse, Apollo Sunshine) to record their first full-length record. They named it Callisto, inspired by Cohen’s daughter, Jupiter, who was born while they were working on the album.
The album will be released in collaboration with Chizu Records ("A record label for the digital age!") on February 26th, 2016. Chizu Records was founded by Japanese conceptual artist Yoshi Ashi. Do yourself a favor and listen to Alpenglow's "Solitude" below. The song being full of color, grooves, and shapes accomplishes exactly what they set out to do. It's a beautiful intro to what we expect to be a great piece of work in Callisto.