German Shepherd / Alpine Melodies
Album: Alpine Melodies   Collection:General
Artist:German Shepherd   Added:Dec 2010
Label:Sunrise Acoustics  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2011-01-30 Pull Date: 2011-04-03
Week Ending: Mar 20 Feb 27 Feb 20 Feb 6
Airplays: 1 1 3 3

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 17, 2016: Breakaway Bluff
Green Pine
4. Feb 16, 2011: Brownian Motion
Green Pine
2. Mar 15, 2011: Ghost Trees
Ryan Hall (And His Norwegian Anorak)
5. Feb 15, 2011: Ghost Trees
Green Pine
3. Feb 23, 2011: Hipster Garbage
Green Pine
6. Feb 15, 2011: The Crooked Spoke Adjacent
Green Pine

Album Review
Adam Pearson
Reviewed 2011-01-18
Beautiful, glacial, ambient drone. German Shepherd has been lighting up the “X” territory of the a-file over the last year with appearances on a few compilations. This release expands on the three tracks he turned in for the Traveling record (ZK 936244). Sleepy, snowy, and dreamy, these songs feature minimal guitar tones and synths looped to infinity. This album is for reflection on top of an icecapped mountain range. For fans of The Fun Years, Gareth Hardwick, Eluvium, Stars of the Lid, Anticlock Records. No FCCs. Bliss out.

1. Sparse reverb guitar, looping, distant, minimalistic, sounds of vinyl. (9:11)
2. Chimey sounding electric keyboard or bells, almost a little playful. (3:37)
*3. Soft buzzing gives way to looping loveliness; fixates on single phrase for second half – hypnotic drone. (7:02)
*4. Ten minute Aidan Baker cycle of shimmery arpeggi looped to bliss and the some layers of subtly Asian-sounding synths seep in. (10:19)
5. Counteracting tempos of a watery, three-note keyboard drone juxtaposed with sustained gusts of one chord. (cuts off somewhat abruptly?) (6:00)
6. Bonus track, busier sampling for intro, develops into tense drone. At -6:25, weirdo, indecipherable robotic vocals come in. Changes up again to twangy Dead Flag Blues guitar and light bass rumble with vox to finish. Odd. (11:53)

Track Listing
1. Brutalist Chalet   3. Green Pine
2. Ryan Hall (And His Norwegian Anorak)   4. Lagom
  5. Sunset At Birch Meadow