Alt-J to Record LIVE from TCR (8/7)
Of all the things that go on in basements, very few come to mind as being particularly positive. Landing a spot on this short list is Alt-J (or ∆ if you’re feeling literal) – the basement-brewed “folk-step” foursome based out of Cambridgeshire, UK.
The crew, composed of Joe Newman (guitar, vocals), Gwil Sainsbury (bass), Thom Green (drums) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (keys, backing vocals) met while studying at Leeds University in 2007. Like all good things, the project started in a dorm room – inspired by “his guitar-playing dad and hallucinogens,” Joe played while Gwil produced the tracks on Garageband. Captivated by the raw poignancy of the sound, Gus and Thom joined on to complete the band. Formerly known as both ‘Daljit Dhaliwal’ and then ‘Films,’ Alt-J released their debut album An Awesome Wave in May of this year with Infectious Music. Compared to a non-electronic Radiohead, or John Peel post 1978, Alt-J boasts an idiosyncratic perspective on folk rock. Subtle and syncopated, and loaded with more literary devices than a Robert Frost poem, the albums takes “an approach to rhythm and arrangement that suggests an old worlde take on dusted, trip-hop.” (The Guardian)
Alt-J will be at The Cutting Room Studios tomorrow (8/7) to record a live set for broadcast over KEXP radio. Don’t forget to tune in to 90.3FM at 12N EST, or to stream the live session from kexp.org!
Can’t wait? Catch Alt-J with ILLUMNTR at Mercury Lounge in NYC tonight (8/6)!