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Alt-J – Left Hand Free

By Will Oliver, July 22nd 2014


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


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


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


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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Alt-J // JBM @ Bowery Ballroom (September 12, 2012)

By Will Oliver, September 13th 2012 — with 1 comment

Alt-J’s appearance at Bowery Ballroom last night was a big breakthrough, in many ways. Not only was it a sold out show at the historic venue, but it was their first performance since their terrific debut album An Awesome Wave, received a nomination for the prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

As if selling out the Bowery was enough to keep the band enthused, you could totally sense that the band were in the highest of spirits fresh of a nomination. They dazzled and wowed me at every point, staying true to the eccentric tunes that don’t deserve an attempt to be categorized, because there really is no way to sum the band’s sound up.

Alt-J seemed about the same age at me, but played and handled themselves with the age of much wiser men. They delivered every note with enthusiasm, and made sure we all left the venue much bigger fans than we already were.

JBM, the project of Jesse Marchant opened the show, and put on a warm set that got the mood set. He crafted wondrous songs that were often a thing of beauty, totally worthy of headlining his own shows soon, which is definitely on the way for the Brooklyn-based musician.

Hit the jump for a gallery of photos from the show. Thanks to Phil Khmelnitski for helping me out with some of the photos.
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alt-J – Fitzpleasure (Jim James Apple C Remix)

By Will Oliver, September 6th 2012

Jim James, My Morning Jacket’s front-man, gave alt-J’s incredible song “Fitzpleasure” a pretty wild remix. The song is electic and unique as it is, but James found a way to bend its boundaries even more.

[mp3]: alt-J – Fitzpleasure (Jim James Apple C Remix)

alt-J have a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom next week (September 12). Their album is finally getting released stateside on September 18 via Canvasback.

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