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Alt-J – “3WW”

Every time I listen to “3WW”, I find myself drifting off into the same imaginary realm. I’m sitting by a large bonfire in the woods – an atmosphere alight with swirling shades of orange and purple – as sparks fly up towards the hazy evening sky and then lazily descend towards the earth, like tiny parachuting stars. The crackle of burning wood permeates the night air – this cool, crisp inhale of purity. It’s a feeling so vivid and proximate that it’s impossible not to become immersed; a touchable, palatable instance of emotional transportation – like camping out in another galaxy.

In a more literal sense, “3WW” is just a downright captivating piece of lo-fi indie rock.  Commencing with a thumping backbeat, gentle guitar plucks, and handclaps, it feels mysterious and warmly inviting all at the same time.  Joe Newman’s vocals have never been the driving point of this band, but here they are intertwined with Ellie Roswell’s (of Wolf Alice) which results in some beautiful chemistry akin to “Warm Foothills”, where English folk singers Lianne La Havas and Marika Hackman traded off every other word with Newman as part of a remarkable duet.  At its core “3WW” feels like art-rock, or art-pop depending on your perspective.  It seems to live in a giant metaphor – the title referencing the “three worn words” lyric which alludes to the phrase I love you, for which Newman and Roswell proclaim together, “I just want to love you in my own language.”  At one point, the crackling of a fireplace can be heard just beyond the melodic forefront.  Less than a minute later, you can hear distant laughter.   It’s all rather intimate, but not without the classic Alt-J air of mystique.

What a gorgeous, transcendent piece of experimentation.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.





SowingSeason
05.09.19
Best song this band has made.

Pangea
05.09.19
Could never get into them except for mathilda. But maybe this song can change that?

SowingSeason
05.09.19
Did you like this track Pangea?

unclereich
05.09.19
GIRLS FROM THE POOL SAY HI



HIIII

unclereich
05.09.19
I love this band and this song so much, there are so many tracks that could make a decade list like this

SowingSeason
05.09.19
Yeah I felt like Relaxer got a bad rap, about 5/8 tracks there are gold and this is one of them

unclereich
05.09.19
wow their best track though!? that's a lofty statement but I can dig it, I'm a taro guy myself

SowingSeason
05.09.19
I'm weird in that I prefer their LP2 and LP3 to their debut. But yeah they are a pretty consistent band so I think it just comes down to personal preference. I also love Taro, Pleader, Warm Foothills, Gospel of John Hurt, Hunger of the Pines, and Adeline.

Dylan620
05.09.19
One of my buddies once cited An Awesome Wave as her favorite album of all time - I've been meaning to check it (and the band's discog as a whole) ever since but it keeps slipping my mind

SowingSeason
05.09.19
Well this song is a decent barometer IMO Dylan - stream it above and let us know how it makes you feel!

unclereich
05.09.19
an awesome wave is a perfect album for me too @Dylan its amazing

bgillesp
05.10.19
This is the song you pick from them? Okay.....

Pangea
05.10.19
This is really good

JesusCage
05.10.19
Song is amazing, but I'm a Taro guy myself. But yeah, consistent band.

SowingSeason
05.10.19
"This is the song you pick from them? Okay....."
As if this isn't one of their very best? It's not like I picked "Hit Me With That Snare."

bgillesp
05.10.19
Idk, I just wasn’t much a fan of this one. Sorry for being rude. Still a good series man

SowingSeason
05.10.19
Lol no need to apologize for your opinion I'm just surprised because most fans I know consider this a top track of theirs.

Chambered79
05.10.19
Something good mannnn

unclereich
05.11.19
Wow a wild chambered appears

neekafat
05.11.19
Wonderful song, need to check the rest of their stuff

Chambered79
05.11.19
I'm around Reich

unclereich
05.12.19
good shit dude hope all is well

Chambered79
05.12.19
You too brother

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