alt-J’s new album is all yours
October 21, 2014
The independent-alternative music scene has had a rather productive summer in terms of new and innovative musicians making their debuts. One of those artists, alt-J, has particularly grabbed my attention and has managed to both shock and impress me throughout the past few months.
On various radio stations, alt-J teased their new work with three songs from the then soon-to-be-released album which was officially made available on Sept. 22. “Hunger of the Pine,” “Left Hand Free,” and “ “Every Other Freckle” were, to me, the gateway to a deeper interest in the band, enjoyable and strange as they were.
Since their album has become fully available, I’ve indulged in listening to it multiple times through.
The intro track, simply and not ironically titled “Intro” kicks off the album by showcasing the group’s instrumental talent, combining heavy influences of electronic music with true, raw instruments.
The rest of “This is All Yours” stays true to this formula but varies greatly in tone. Some songs are soft and nearly all acoustic, while others stand out as being very upbeat — something that could make a listener want to break out into a song and dance routine. Other tracks, like “Bloodflood Pt. II” are simply inspiring works of lyrical and instrumental art.
On the subject of lyricism, alt-J does a good job of using both simple and complex rhetorical devices to make a point on matters of a wide variety. The album’s overall meaning, however, remains ambiguous to me due to the sheer variety of subjects and emotions, throughout.
I would highly recommend listening to “This is All Yours” for free on a website like YouTube or Spotify before purchasing any songs, just to be sure that you enjoy their individual sound. If you do happen to like it, their new album should be worth every penny.
Austin is a senior at OHS. This is his second year in the OC Journalism Department.