Pronounced “Alt-J,” the group named themselves after a keyboard shortcut that creates the ∆ symbol. Four friends who met in University, they blend many different sounds and influences into one tight and effortless package. Spending a few years sharpening their sound playing shows all over town, Alt-J have seamlessly created a genre of their own creatively pulling from folk and electronic genres, layering tones from all over the spectrum that give their debut album, An Awesome Wave, such an interesting and unique feel. Track to track the listener is taken through heavy lo-fi tones, live percussion, experimental guitar riffs, and lovely vocal harmonies.
“Something Good” may have been the first song that drew me in but upon heavy rotation, tracks such as “Tesselate” and “Dissolve Me” have demanded extra play. This album is something like a fantastic treat, unexpected yet much appreciated. Be sure to grab your copy here.
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