New York indie band Altopalo are getting listeners acclimated to their experimental sound with a duo of singles -- "Wikcer" and "Glow" -- leading up to the release of their debut album frozenthere on Sept. 12 via Samedi Records.
The rollout to frozenthere has worked like an ever-expanding puzzle with each release diverging drastically from its predecessor, constantly knocking the band’s calibration off and adjusting expectations for how a complete work would coalesce their indefinable sound. It’s on the dual package of “Glow” and “Wikcer” that the band breaks the chasm of unexplored opportunities wide open and the full picture begins to come into view.
The two latest tracks tie the threads of Altopalo’s sonic palette together with the tinges of R&B, soul and pop filling out the meticulously constructed, cavernous rock soundscapes. They have never seemed more grounded, in part due to the band connecting the music to tangible settings and the human experience.