Archive for July 2012
An Awesome Wave
Alt-J on Spotify, on Deezer
There are a few interesting new bands coming from UK lately. The latest one that caught my attention is Alt-J.
You could immediately make the comparaison with Django Django (another newcomer with style and quality), with Radiohead, Foals, Fleet Foxes, etc. or just take it for what it is : a band that is certainly inspired by many, but with his own style and attitude.
Alt-J don’t do anything like others. To begin with, the name “Alt-J” comes from the Apple shortcut for the delta figure (∆). Then, there’s no way to identify a genre to this album (indie acoustic folk-electronica?). But there is actually no need to. The music speaks here for itself.
After a bit more than a month listening to An Awesome Wave, I’m completely in love with it. Some songs just catch your ears immediately, others take some time to be enjoyed at their real quality.
Each song follows the previous one in a logical and flawless way, building themselves on what the other one brought. This increase is only cut three times along the way by the interludes, beautiful parts on their own that set a more quiet tone and to prepare for what’s next. Each track is really different, with innovative ideas, unique sounds and original lyrics. The only things that you’ll find all along are the unique voice of Joe Newman and the drumming style of Thom Green.
I could only choose two tracks for you, as I couldn’t share the entire album here. Tough choice that I’ll certainly regret soon enough since I can’t tell which songs are my favorite. There’s something for each mood here.
So let’s enjoy Breezeblocks -a hit single for sure- and Something Good -a beautiful melody rhythmed by the piano solo. The rest is available on Spotify and Deezer, or at your favorite music store.
Kill For Love
Into the Black
Kill for Love
This is the soundtrack of a midnight drive in the city, passing by city lights and going to an unknown destination.
This is also one of the best albums of 2012 so far IMO. Chromatics succeeded to produce a highly cinematic album while still containing great standalone hits. If you loved Drive’s ost, you’ll love this (Chromatic’s previous album had been a source of inspiration for the ost).
Kill for Love opens with a cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)”. A risky move, but a marvellous result. It then goes on with the title track, containing most of what the album is made of (ambient, disco, synth-pop, etc.)
If I can give you only one piece of advice, you should jump into this album and listen to it several times. And not just in a car at night. Give it a try at the beach, on rainy or lazy days… Just maybe not to go running or exercice, as listening to KFL with stretch the time and calm down everything surrounding.