Meet UK-bred quartet, and must-know band, Alt-J. Taking on the delta sign as their symbol, they represent change and introduce us to folk as we’ve never known it: what they call “folk-step.”
“Something Good” is the most folk-infused track on their versatile, and glowing debut album, An Awesome Wave (out May 28th), which brilliantly embraces Scott McKenzie’s 60’s hit “San Fransisco” as the melodic inspiration for a warm and spirited chorus. “Fitzpleasure” and “Breezeblocks,” on the other hand, constitute the electronic portion of their “folk-step,” experimenting with a collage of synth-based, yet earthy sounds. All in all, Alt-J is a gem of a hybrid band, even drawing counter-folk comparisons like Bombay Bicycle Club and Radiohead.
Band members Gwil, Joe Newman (guitar/vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) and Thom Green (drums) never wanted to be filed under folk, or any other category, and they’re already off to a good start.