alt-J - Tessellate
The hype behind alt-j led me to believe that it was just another band that sounds ‘fresh’, leading to plenty of people jumping on the bandwagon and raving about an album that they have not heard enough times to understand the intricacies behind it.
I had the chance to watch them live, but having only heard their song “Something Good” (Joe Newman’s vocals is really one of a kind, and the phrase “Get High” really sticks in your mind), I put them aside only to regret it a few days later after having the chance to finally listen to their entire album.
Rock is too general a genre to place them within it. There are elements of folk, dub step, jazz and even a little world music, and even with such a wide array of sounds, Joe’s vocals fit perfectly into the music, his unclear intonation of words obscuring the absurdity of the lyrics.
But it works brilliantly.
Tessellate caused my attention as one of the stand out tracks of the album with a mix of cow bells, rumbling spacey bassline and an uneven drum beat. The vocals is used purely as an additional instrument, adding a much deeper texture to what is already a deceptively complicated track.
And when he stops and whispers “Let’s tessellate”?