I’m sure everyone’s heard about the Alt-J buzz. It’s no surprise because they’re absolutely fantastic. Their album, An Awesome Wave is beyond brilliant, and I’ve gotten into the habit of wanting to listen to the album from start to end at least three times a day (or more).
I can’t seem to muster a way to describe Alt-J’s music, but all I can say is that it’s artistic [they were mostly art students anyhow]. A audible work of art that blends conceptual sound and the projection of geometry together - Tesselate illustrates that perfectly. Apart from vocalist Joe Newman’s allegation about triangles being his favorite shapes, the beats of the song will leave you in a state of actually wanting to get geometric with your body.
One thing that makes makes Alt-J so unique is Joe Newman’s soulful cry. I could have tomatoes thrown at me for comparing Alt-J to Radiohead, but I’m not saying they’re the same. Alt-J reminds of Radiohead’s euphonic complexities and poetry turned into song. Breezeblocks is one piece that captured my heart upon the first listen. The combination of unconventional romance with the tantalizing charms of the glockenspiel, and the repetitive haunting vocal orchestra “Please don’t go. I’ll eat you whole. I love you so”, encapsulates a sense of love that is almost schizophrenic, but romantic nonetheless.
Fitzpleasure has to be one of the highlights of the album. I can’t seem to get enough of the band’s harmonizing of their tralalas, but I will say that as soon as the beat drops for the first part, you won’t be able to resist moving in a way that’s almost epileptic.
An Awesome Wave is an album that requires a good listen, from start to end. Listen to it as you would with a movie. The first track Intro, is the perfect initiation of the album, giving you a feel of what Alt-J is all about you. A good introduction is also only complete with a flawless ending, and with Taro to complete your audible adventure, it only puts you in the mood to repeat the album. These men are geniuses – Taro is made up of an emotional melody, making it hard to say goodbye to the album. But that’s just me.
I would recommend listening to Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave if you’re looking for something different. The band, after-all is about change anyhow. Either way, it’s no surprise they won the Mercury Prize. Discovering this album will surely be a significant part of your life.