After a 3-year break, Relaxer, Alt-J’s next record releases on the 3rd June.
3 years. That’s how long its been since the last Alt-J release. It’s also how long it took a group like The Beatles to morph from Meet the Beatles to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. We are just days away from Alt-J’s next album launch, and can’t help but wonder what to expect from the record.
Well, the music speaks for itself.
On the two tracks that we’ve heard prior to albums release, it would be fair to say that Alt-J has not been diverted from its musical roots. It seems as if they are progressing with their own distinct sound and allowing it to flourish further. While ‘In Cold Blood’ features some really interesting brass arrangements that really add to the dynamics of the song, it’s also riddled with those typical Alt-J nuances that make them so identifiable.
‘3WW’ on the other hand is a quiet, almost brooding song, not the type of sound you would immediately identify with the band. While the band has been known to address some dark subject matter in their lyrics, ‘3WW’ manifests that darkness musically. The song has a trip-hop vibe and some interesting percussive and synth sounds. It also features Ellie Rowsell on vocals, and when Wolf Alice meets Alt-J, there’s not a lot that can go wrong.
‘Adeline’, which is the most recently released song from the group further explores that same mournful vibe. With songs like ‘3WW’ and ‘Adeline’, it’s safe to say that Relaxer will be quite different from its predecessors. Unless Alt-J has some surprises up their sleeves, fans can expect a record that’s just as catchy, but far moodier than anything the group has done before.
While we still need to wait a few more days until we can finally hear Relaxer, there’s enough Alt-J to help pass time until then. They’ve also created an online game that is designed to look like an eerie 90’s video game that you can explore endlessly.
Stay tuned for our review of Relaxer.