alt-J
An Awesome Wave


4.0
excellent

Review

by Indielens USER (15 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pretentious name for a solid band.

This past September, a band named ᐃ released an album in the US. Yes, ᐃ. By the way it’s pronounced “Alt-J” (the keystrokes to make a triangle symbol on a Mac). And if that doesn’t sound like some pretentious hipster trash music, I don’t know what does.

But don’t write them off as hipster trash just yet. ᐃ is a self proclaimed folk-tronica/trip-folk band formed by four guys who recently graduated from Leeds University. Their band name comes from the Greek letter Delta, which is used in mathematical equations to represent change. ᐃ is a relatively new name that came at a turning point from the band and was the third and final name after “Daljit Dhaliwal” and “Films.”

That being said, An Awesome Wave is very powerful album. The albums starts off with a gentle piano then guitars and drums kick in a very powerful spiral. “Tesselate,” the third track off the album, paints a picture of a Mexican standoff beautifully, “Three guns and one goes off, one's empty, one's not quick enough/One burn, one red, one grin/Search the graves while the camera spins.” The next song has an absolutely infectious chorus which references ideas from “Where The Wild Things Are:” “Please don’t go, I’ll eat you whole/I love you so/I love you so/I love you so.” “Something Good” is a beautiful song which lyrically depicts the picture of the death of a matador. In the song, “Matilda,” they reference the movie Leon: The professional’s final scene in which Leon sacrifices his life to let Matilda survive, ”put the grenade pin in your hand/so you understand who’s boss.”

When I first listened to An Awesome Wave I was pulled in by the music, but a mark of a good album is having both good music and quality lyrics, and An Awesome Wave has both. Vocalist Joe Newman sings in a hushed falsetto, and the band overall has a similar kind of sound to Radiohead, albeit with more emotion.

ᐃ may be the stupidest most contrived name you've ever heard, but they are good musicians. As hipster trash as you may still think they are, your musical year is not complete without dipping your toes into An Awesome Wave.




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user ratings (1002)
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  • AliW1993 (4)
    "Triangles are my favourite shape!"...

    MikeC26 (4)
    An awesome wave indeed....

    RHCP1999 (4.5)
    Believe the Hype, An Awesome Wave is a truly unique debut....

    derho (2)
    Remember to practice safe Tessellation...

  • Pentagon (4.5)
    A deeply original, inventive, and catchy debut from a band with a variety of influences....

    CallumQuinn (2)
    alt-J's "An Awesome Wave" encapsulates everything wrong with the medium and mainstream ind...

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Comments:Add a Comment 
clercqie
November 2nd 2012


6521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"ᐃ is a self proclaimed folk-tronica/trip-folk band"

Ugh...



Amazing album, probably the best debut from this year.

Cygnatti
November 2nd 2012


33289 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wish I could make triagles like that. :/

Cygnatti
November 2nd 2012


33289 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Δ

AliW1993
November 2nd 2012


7511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Appropriate timing.

phishing
November 2nd 2012


395 Comments




mvood
November 2nd 2012


818 Comments


why macs are superior

NoMeansYes
November 2nd 2012


1012 Comments


:∆
∆ ∆

garth
November 3rd 2012


91 Comments


You should spend more time talking about their name.

chambered49
November 3rd 2012


1727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

something good=one of the best songs of the year

mvood
November 3rd 2012


818 Comments


be interesting if these guys win the mercury prize

garth
November 4th 2012


91 Comments


i bet you a million dollars they will.

AliW1993
November 4th 2012


7511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Now now don't get overconfident :p

Cygnatti
November 4th 2012


33289 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thread needs moar Δ's



Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ

loydd
November 5th 2012


1 Comments


let's tessellate!



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