Thursday, September 13, 2012
They say that all children have an incredible capacity for creativity before the age of three, as well as an incredible cognitive predisposition for art, and all of this gets lost as you get older and there is nothing you can do about it unless you're a robot or you grow up in a different society. Or maybe they don't say that, maybe Im making it up or distorting some factoid I heard out of a PhD-toting friend, or something. My point is, Alt-J sounds like a bunch of guys who never grew out of that incredible, youthful, creative freedom. Their music is terribly odd, but somehow it feels right, and instantly accessible. Lead singer Joe Newman wields his voice like it's an elastic string, bending and hammering on, feeling no obligation to pronounce any of the brilliant lyrics clearly. It's nega-pop, music that's so catchy it freaks you out.