Alt-J

alt-J's 'This is All Yours' album cover.(Canvasback/Infectious)

alt-J’s ‘This is All Yours’ album cover.(Canvasback/Infectious)

alt-J has a knack for making videos that are stunning, but hard to watch.

From “Breezeblocks” and “Hunger of the Pine” to their newest release “Pusher,” the band has a knack for releasing unsettling imagery that is centered around some sort of violent act.

In “Pusher,” the main character is an orator of sorts, attempting to persuade a group of disinterested men. He actions in the video grow more and more erratic and then the unspeakable happens…

I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I also realize warning people who this may be a trigger for is more important. The end of the video features a suicide. It’s a pretty gruesome thing to watch, honestly. Admittedly, I watched the ending with one of my eyes closed, so if that kind of imagery makes you uncomfortable I would sit this one out. Just listen to the audio version. It’s much more subdued and absolutely worth it.

Everyone else, the video is below. Continue reading

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Well, I don’t know how I missed this a few days ago, but the new alt-J album is streaming ahead of it’s Sept. 23 release date. My weekend just got a lot better (And moodier. And busier, since Lights and Luke James are also streaming their projects ahead of their release dates next week.)

This is All Yours marks the now-trio’s first release since bassist Gwil Sainsbury left the group earlier this year.

The departure hasn’t slowed down the band’s momentum at all, though. After returning with the excellent Miley Cyrus-sampling “Hunger of the Pine,” the men have gone on to release more solid cuts like the label-pleasing rock jam “Left Hand Free” and the sensual “Every Other Freckle.”

The group’s debut album An Awesome Wave received positive remarks from fans and critics upon it’s release in 2012. Needless to say, my expectations for this album are pretty high. The boys haven’t disappointed yet. Let’s hope they don’t start now.

Listen to This is All Yours in full over on iTunes Radio.

alt-J's "Left Hand Free" video

alt-J’s “Left Hand Free” video

The intensity of alt-J’s “Hunger of the Pine” video was almost too much for me to endure. I love a good Hunger Games-esque story just like most, but if that poor character had to endure one more arrow to the face or chest I probably would’ve fainted.

Luckily, the guys’ new video for “Left Hand Free” doesn’t feature any gruesome injuries, just unbridled joy.

This video follows a group of youngins as they enjoy the summer weather and each other’s company at Texas’ Guadalupe River, a gas station and an open field. The visuals play like a snapshot of the perfect summer, with romances, fireworks and laughter galore. It sounds cliche, but, considering that’s how the group feels about the single, it’s pretty fitting.

“Left Hand Free,” the second offering from alt-J’s forthcoming sophomore album, was created because the boys’ label didn’t feel like the Miley Cyrus-sampling “Hunger of the Pine” was a strong single choice.

This Is All Yours will be released on Sept. 22.

Watch the video and mourn the fact that summer is passing us by at an unfair speed below. Continue reading

alt-J's "Hunger of the Pine' video

alt-J’s “Hunger of the Pine’ video

If you just ate skip this post and come back to it another time. Things get real in alt-J’s “Hunger of the Pine” video. I’m talking taking an arrow to the neck real.

The song’s premise is that pining can be physically excruciating in the same way as hunger, but the video doesn’t show a man holding his stomach, suffering from starvation. Instead, the story follows a character as he stumbles through the woods while arrows whirl past him, several of them hitting their target. It’s a bit gruesome. But, so is pining?

The entire time the video was playing out I kept thinking “well at least he’s surviving. I mean I totally would’ve fallen over after I got hit the first time. Good for him for persevering.”

And then I saw the ending…
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Much like the controversial pop star they sampled in their buzz single “Hunger of the Pine,” the men of Alt-J are rebels of sorts.

The band has unveiled the lead single from their forthcoming sophomore album This is All Yours and it is sure to confuse fans of the band. The guys jokingly told The Guardian the song is perfect for NRA conventions and stated that they wrote the song in about 20 minutes to please their label, who didn’t think the Miley Cyrus-sampling “Hunger of the Pine” was single material. As a result, “Left Hand Free” is a rock song that sounds more like The Black Keys than Alt-J.

The men were trying to be cliche, but obviously the label liked it. It’s the album’s lead single.

This is All Yours is currently scheduled for a September release. Continue reading

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Alt-J returns with “Hunger of the Pine” shortly after revealing plans to release their sophomore album, the followup to 2012’s An Awesome Wave, this September.

“The lyrics mainly suggest the idea that missing someone — pining — can be a physical pain much like hunger,” keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton told NPR. The song features a sample from Miley Cyrus’ “4×4” (“I’m a female rebel”).

Sonically, a mix of synths, percussion, keyboard and layered vocals (“Ooohhhh”), the atmospheric cut is pretty chill, but it’s enough to peek fans interest for sure.

The now trio will release This is All Yours on September 22. Continue reading

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Canvasback/Infectious

Alt-J is almost ready for fans to hear the followup to 2012’s An Awesome Wave.

The band will release their sophomore album This All Is Yours on September 23. The cover art appears to be a simple painting, but I’m sure I’m probably just not “deep” enough to understand the subconscious meaning or something. Who knows.

Anyway, the album will feature new 13 tracks and I DO know that’s something worth getting excited over. Continue reading