Alt J Continue Their Transformation, Release New Single
  • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2014

  • Posted by: David Pitz

Alt J have released another track from their soon-to-be-released album, This Is All Yours. The newest tease is titled "Every Other Freckle", and you can give it a spin below.
Three songs into the pre-release hysteria, it's becoming increasingly clear that the experimental, British outfit are fixing up a slightly altered, sonic encounter this time around. The new album's Mercury Prize winning predecessor (An Awesome Wave,) found its spectacular, sonic sedation in a creative sparseness, anchored by disjointed dorm-room drum rhythms, gentle and cascading instrumental compositions, and somewhat haunting, vocal elasticity. An Awesome Wave provided a stunning first listen; one that still gets better every time I return to it. It also established Alt J as their own micro-genre, while still recalling elements of artists like James Blake, Wild Beasts, and Radiohead. With the release of the Miley Cyrus borrowing "Hunger of the Pine", the slightly dopey sounding riffer, "Left Hand Free", and the inquisitive Eastern flourishes of "Every Other Freckle", Alt J are certainly starting to sound like a mutated version of their former selves The songs are fuller and more abrasive. They're dipped in these spikey textures...it's weird, man. Could it be the result of first time pressures on the writing and recording process? The departure of founding member Gwil Sainsbury? A deliberate, creative shift to mess with expectations? My own expectations on what an Alt J song should sound like? I just don't know yet. The reality is they are starting to sound like a completely different band this time around. It will be fun to see how This Is All Yours plays out when it's released in full on September 23rd.
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