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Alt-J at Rough Trade NYC (September 4, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 5th 2014

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It was just this past Tuesday that Alt-J played a intimate secret show at Le Poisson Rogue (for NPR) to test out the new songs that we will soon be hearing on new album This Is All Yours. I couldn’t make that show as I already had plans to see Interpol play at The Met. I don’t regret that decision, but I was bummed that I was missing out on a intimate Alt-J show, as I know that those things will be a thing of relative obscurity with their recent found fame (with their sold out show at The Beacon in November as proof). Yet, I woke up yesterday morning finding out that the band would be playing a last-minute show at the even smaller Rough Trade NYC. I didn’t even hesitate on buying myself a ticket, knowing sure well that you don’t waste a second chance opportunity such as this.
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Alt-J at Le Poisson Rouge (September 2, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2014 — with 1 comment

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All photos by Dana Pacifico

Last night Alt-J made their return to New York City for a special show at Le Poisson Rouge put on by NPR Music as a part of their First Listen Live series. The night served to showcase the new material off their upcoming album This Is All Yours, which isn’t due out until September 22 (via Canvasback Music). With the bands popularity seemingly getting bigger every moment, a show at LPR is as intimate as you could hope for.

It was a critical one for the band, as it was their first show without founding member Gwil Sainsbury, who recently quit the band. Which also made it their first show with new touring member Cameron Knight. I wasn’t able to make it last night unfortunately, but based on the reactions from our very own photographer Dana Pacifico, and various friends who were at the show, it was a great show on all accounts. The new material sounded sharp, and they played enough material from their debut to ease everyone into it.

The whole show is available to watch from the comfort of your home over right here. For those not fortunate enough to catch the show, there’s always their show at The Beacon Theater on November 16.

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Alt-J – Left Hand Free

By Will Oliver, July 22nd 2014

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Alt-J’s sophomore album This Is All Yours will be released on September 23 via Canvasback Music. We already heard the Miley Cyrus sampling “Hunger Of The Pine”, which served as our first preview of the album.

The band followed that up with the album’s first official single, a track called “Left Hand Free.” The song is nothing like the band has done to date. It’s apparently a song that the band wrote with the goal of making the “the least Alt-J song ever”, working on a “joke riff” giving it a straight run through. The rest is a sort of 90s Beck sounding track. When you learn that “Left Hand Free” is a song that the song that the band wrote after their label questioned “Hunger Of The Pine” serving as a single, it starts to make sense.

It takes a few listens to really sink into what the band are doing, but once it clicks, it makes a lot more sense. One thing is for sure, This Is All Yours will be one of the more diverse and unpredictable albums of 2014.
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[new]: Alt-J – Hunger Of The Pine

By Will Oliver, June 29th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Alt-J have announced their new album is called This Is All Yours and will be released on September 22 via Canvasback. It’s the follow-up to their Mercury Prize-winning debut record, An Awesome Wave.

They mark their return in a rather big way with the album’s first single, “Hunger Of The Pine”, which features a sample of Miley Cyrus’ song “4×4″ which saw Cyrus herself helped clear the sample with the other writers and publishers involved. It’s an oddity for sure, but the song is a nice little bit of growth from the band who go with their gut and release a very atmospheric track with some jazz elements that work wonders (very TVOTR in some ways). Overall, I’ve become quite enchanted by the song, which has truly gotten better and better with each listen.

Stream “Hunger Of The Pine” below, and check out the album’s tracklist beneath that.

This Is All Yours:
1. Intro
2. Arrival In Nara
3. Nara
4. Every Other Freckle
5. Left Hand Free
6. ❦Garden of England
7. Choice Kingdom
8. Hunger Of The Pine
9. Warm Foothills
10. The Gospel Of John Hurt
11. Pusher
12. Bloodflood pt.II
13. Leaving Nara

Alt-J @ Governors Ball (June 8, 2013)

By Will Oliver, June 11th 2013

I’ve said it a few times on this space, but it’s been amazing to see how big Alt-J have become in a year. They had one of the most packed crowds during the entire festival, so much so that it took me nearly 15 minutes just to leave the photo pit because it was impossible to move through the packed crowd.

The band have taken it all in stride, both enthusiastically and humbling finding a balance that is great to see. Their live set may not have changed since my first encounter with them, but they have become a tighter and better band with every performance. It’s only the start, this band is going to move on to even bigger things in the future. It’s only a matter of time.
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Alt-J @ Webster Hall (March 22, 2013)

By Will Oliver, March 23rd 2013 — with 2 comments

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Hundred Waters are a band I keep missing. I had various chances to see them at CMJ and most recently, SXSW, but we just never made the magic happen. It just so happened that they are touring with Alt-J so it made things possible. Hundred Waters are best described live as delicate beauty. There’s a water-like feeling to them that makes sense since they come from Florida. The mostly electronic band weave in funky jazz elements that give them a sound that is all entirely theirs. The fact that their signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA will never make sense to me, but good for them.

Alt-J are unstoppable right now. Their success and well-earned popularity seems to be growing with every given day that passes. I can’t argue with it. They make music that doesn’t sound like anyone else, and have seemingly been on tour non-stop since they released their album last year. If their terrific show at Bowery Ballroom last September was a pre-game, this was their touchdown. The band have made it big, easily selling out Webster Hall (as well as Terminal 5 on Sunday) and playing their songs to a wide-scope worthy of a place 5x the size.

They kicked off the show the same way An Awesome Wave does, with “Intro”, “(Ripe & Ruin), and “Tesellate.” From there they divluged in the finest fruits from the album as well as “Buffalo” the track they lent to the terrific film Silver Linings Playbook.

Too many great moments to name, but one stood above them all. The awesome actress Tilda Swinton (who was in line in front of me while getting into the venue) could be seen visible rocking out when the band played “Matilda”, not missing the irony at all. It was the type of moment you couldn’t make up. It all makes sense during the given moment.

I’ve been lucky to see Alt-J in two rather intimate settings. It’s a fact that these guys will only blow up more in the next few years, so try and see them now if you can. It’s worth it.

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Alt-J Are Scoring A Movie: Leave To Remain

By Will Oliver, February 21st 2013

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Alt-J have had an incredible run of things over the past year, and it seems like 2013 will be no different.

They have been selected to score the new movie from director Bruce Goodison, titled Leave To Remain. He asked them after he heard an Awesome Wave during his time writing the script.

Alt-J will make their return to NYC this March. They will play Webster Hall on March 22, and Terminal 5 on March 24. Both shows are sold out, and will see support from Hundred Waters. They will also be at Governors Ball this June, as well as Bonnaroo.

[new]: Alt-J – Buffalo

By Will Oliver, November 12th 2012 — with 1 comment

Mercury Prize winners Alt-J have given a new song called “Buffalo” exclusively to the Silver Lings Playbook soundtrack, just as Alabama Shakes did. Alt-J keep things refined a bit, demonstrating a relative ease in their ability to create mesmerizing, floating melodies.

It has their unique touch, but it’s also one of their more accessible songs to date. Take a listen below via Entertainment Weekly:

Check out the creep video for “Fitzpleasure” if you haven’t already. It’s posted after the jump.
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