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Awesome Wave (2012)

Artist: Alt-J
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Format: CD
Sku: 235890109
UPC: 075678762826
UPC 14: 00075678762826
Release Date: 9/18/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Intro ~ Alt-J
2. [Untitled] ~ Alt-J
3. Tessellate ~ Alt-J
4. Breezeblocks ~ Alt-J
5. [Untitled] ~ Alt-J
6. Something Good ~ Alt-J
7. Dissolve Me ~ Alt-J
8. Matilda ~ Alt-J
9. MS ~ Alt-J
10. Fitzpleasure ~ Alt-J
11. [Untitled] ~ Alt-J
12. Bloodflood ~ Alt-J
13. Taro ~ Alt-J
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Named after the Mac command also used as a mathematical equation to show change, formed while studying fine art at university, and prone to throwing in the odd geometric reference within their lyrics, there are signs that Cambridge-based quartet Alt-J might be a little bit too clever for their own good. Produced by Charlie Andrew (the Laurel Collective), their debut album, An Awesome Wave, is occasionally guilty of pretentiousness, particularly the irritating a cappella vocal warmup of the interlude "(The Ripe & Ruin)." But for the most part, its 13 tracks do for nu-folk what Everything Everything's equally ambitious debut did for indie rock, breathing new life into the genre with an intriguing but accessible series of art rock twists and turns. Indeed, other than frontman Joe Newman's impassioned -- if occasionally bordering on parody -- vocal style, there's little here in common with the tweeness of Mumford & Sons. "Tessellate" combines the glitchy electronica of Thom Yorke's solo career with the wistful wintry harmonies of Fleet Foxes; "Fitzpleasure" fizzes along with its dubstep-lite beats and acidic basslines before it's interrupted, first by a burst of jangly post-rock and second by the kind of shimmering guitar twangs you'd expect from a Tarantino soundtrack; while "Taro" somehow melds together the unlikely bedfellows of Americana and bhangra to produce a fittingly oddball but enthralling finale. It's to Andrew's credit that these eclectic arrays of sound are woven together in a manner so effortlessly that the results never feel forced or contrived. There are a few more straightforward moments such as "Matilda," a gentle acoustic folk ode to Natalie Portman's troubled character in L?on, and the sparse, haunting "Ms." But Alt-J's wave is far more awesome when it's at its most schizophrenic. ~ Jon O'Brien

Producer: Charlie Andrew; Mark Bishop

Artist Overview

English indie rockers Alt-J, named for the triangle that appears when pressing "Alt" and "J" on a Mac, formed in 2008 under the moniker FILMS. The quartet, all of whom met at Leeds University, spent two years rehearsing before inking a deal with Infectious Records in 2011. The group's signature blend of layered, folk-inflected dub-pop and soaring alternative rock, which has been compared to everyone from the Wild Beasts and Hot Chip to Coldplay, was first heard on the 2012 singles "Matilda" and "Fitzpleasure." The group's full length, studio debut, An Awesome Wave, arrived later that year, and won the Mercury Prize, beating out Richard Hawley, The Maccabees, Django Django, and early favorite Jessie Ware. ~ James Christopher Monger

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Silver Linings Playbook (Ost)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CD 531756
Music Label Name Label : Canvasback
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075678762826

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.106)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "There are delicious moments all over their debut....Sly, funky ex-metal drummer Thom Green and gnomish frontman Joe Newman turn mere prettiness into something stranger."

Q (Magazine)
(p.95)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "At heart, their debut is an electro-modernist take on folk....It's an exhilarating and emotive sound that's particularly potent on 'Something Good' and the magnificent single 'Matilda'..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Alt-J
Product attributeLabel:   Atlantic/q Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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