Alpaca Sports are from Gothenburg, Sweden although principal member Lisle Mitnik lives in Chicago. When You Need Me The Most is a mini album containing six instant and infectious indie-pop songs that will please fans of The Smiths, Belle and Sebastian and Pale Fountains. On blue vinyl, limited to 1000 copies.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 02 October 2015
The dog on the front cover for this particular 10” is even cuter than the one Julia Holter graced us with earlier this year for the music video to “Feel You”, but in all fairness: this is a cartoon dog we’re talking about. There’s a whole different spectrum of cuteness for cartoon dogs. Alpaca Sports are basically a breezy indie pop band as a cartoon, playing the Smiths’ guitar riffs with Camera Obscura’s synths and singing breathy melancholy overtop. ‘When You Need Me The Most’ sounds like indie pop with literally zero drama at all, like Posse if they just chilled out playing Super Smash Bros all day.
With thanks to the cozy synthlines and dulcet harmonies, this record feels spectacularly arranged, neither too sparse nor too Big Twee in the Belle & Seb vein. The dual vocal coos offer the record an economic fullness while the band try to throwback to different favourite albums: if you want the Smiths to occasionally just use a fuckin’ string section, then come up up to the house.
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