An Awesome Wave of revolutionary music by the English indie rock quartet Alt-J, was released on 25th May 2012 by Infectious Music. The album includes the singles Matilda, Fitzpleasure Breezeblocks and Tessellate. It includes a range of different musical genres such as folk, catchy pop, trip-hop and quirky indie-rock atmosphere.
Their recent visit to South Africa struck musical chords and made audiences ‘Tessellating’ together in ‘Fitz-pleasure’ as Alt-J played their contagious music in both Johannesburg and Cape Town at Rocking the Daisies on the 5th of October 2013 alongside The Hives and Skunk Anansie.
Their title track Breezeblocks talks about how a man cannot let his lover go and how her soul dies in the process, it is one of the more up-beat songs from the group. I believe this song would be perfect for an advertisement because of its feel-good sound. It has a simple electronic sound with guitar and light drums.
Alt- J is great because of their independence in the creation of their sound. Many of their songs have strange but beautiful harmonies. Every so often there will be an electronic/dub-step sound that will occur, making the sound very different. Alternative is definitely a perfect descriptor when speaking of this group. They have a unique sound that is both cutting edge and amazing.
The band was created in 2007 and was originally called ‘The Films’ but later had to change their name due to an American band being called the same name. The four men met in their second year of studying at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Their poetic lyrics have been the anthem for all born again contemporary hipsters who form the delta triangle with their finger while jamming along to their music. The vibe at Rocking the Daisies was extraordinary with thousands pushing to the front in order to get a piece of the indie pop band with their trip-folk beats.
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Alt-J is something of an abnormality with their alternative music. Their album outsold the likes of Jessie J in its week of release. The band has been compared to the likes of the pop band Radiohead.
Drummer, Thom Green commented on the bands lyrics and how they are difficult to sing along as “lots of people think they know the words but they really don’t”. He told Interview Magazine how Tessellate was written “Well, obviously, in maths tessellating is when things fit together and the song is basically about sex. We wrote the song in Leeds and it started when I was trying to emulate a Deftones style drum beat actually. We always knew where the track was going to go but our producer helped us strip things away and create a lot more space – it’s almost got a hip-hop feel to it in places.”
Alt-J is expected to continue touring and appear on the 2nd of December in Portland, OR, the 107.7 The End’s Deck the Hall Ball in Seattle Washington on the 3rd of December 2013 and at Phoenix plus Alt-J on the 5th in Reno, NV.