Alt-J (∆) – Tessellate

June 4, 2012

“Triangles are my favorite shape…” In the context of the track, it’s a not-so-subtle, euphemistic throw to, well, vocalist Joe Newman’s affection for female genitalia. Certainly bold, but Alt-J (∆) throws the line away, either unaware that they are being lyrically brave or simply confident enough to pull it off. “Tesselate” is not the only song on An Awesome Wave that features some ambitious song writing: “Breezeblocks” is supposedly based on the late Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Taro” tells the story of Magnum photographer Robert Capa’s love affair with Gerda Taro. The guys behind this band are clearly thoughtful, but not in a the sort of sense that they’ll get in their own way. They’ve received plenty of buzz in the U.K., but now it’s time for Alt-J to get some love internationally.

Thanks to Brett for the submission.

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