Breezeblocks by Alt-J

Posted by | February 25, 2014 | Song Discovery | 9 Comments

English alternative band Alt-J all met at Leeds University. They spent two years rehearsing before signing a record deal in 2011. They released their debut album “An Awesome Wave” in September last year. These guys are unique, especially the vocals. At times, vocalist Joe Newman almost sounds like a parody. But he keeps it interesting. You might need to listen a few times before the vocals sit right, so have an open mind. This album sounds great on a nice pair of headphones, and I think the album would lose a lot if you were hearing it through a cheap pair of speakers. These guys demonstrate a lot of interesting sounds and rhythms throughout their album. The track “Breezeblocks” is a good example of what the band sounds like. The track starts off with his vocals and a bass line, before being joined by the percussion and toylike piano sound. As the track progresses, there is some harmonizing and many rhythm changes taking place. About 2 minutes into the song, it veers off into a darker direction and mood. The background vocals maintain a sweetness, but the lead vocal becomes a bit paranoid and sinister hinting that the “fondness” sung about earlier in the song is turning into an “obsession”. Anyway, if this track intrigues you in any way, you should check out the rest of the album. Personally I went from finding it interesting, to then questioning why I ever downloaded the album, to moving back to appreciating and enjoying its uniqueness. Parts of it remind me of another debut album with somewhat unique vocals that I absolutely loved from 2005 – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s S/T album.

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