Monday, June 30, 2014

alt-J Announces Sophomore Album

The English indie rock band alt-J ∆ has announced plans to release a follow up album to their hugely successful debut, An Awesome Wave (2012). With hit tracks like Tessellate and Breezeblocks, they quickly drew positive attention from music critics and fans alike. The band won the 2012 British Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

Sophomore albums are notoriously the most difficult albums to produce for bands, especially when their first album is met with so much acclaim. Bands have essentially as much time as they need to write, record, and perfect their first album before releasing it to the public. But there is a smaller time window for creating the second album, and it must be done amidst touring and promotion of the first album. It can often result in a make-or-break scenario for bands--cementing them as a true talent, or brushing them aside as another flash in the pan musical anomaly.

To add to that pressure, the band lost their bassist Gwil Sainsbury earlier this year (on friendly terms, he decided to leave). 

Hey, let's get to the music. The new album will be called This Is All Yours. They have leaked their first single off the album, "Hunger of the Pine" and you can check it out here:

Did you like that? It is a promising glimpse at what the rest of the album should be, hopefully. Mellow and expansive, the deep synths stretch your ears, while the sampled voice gives it the pop appeal to make it a hit. If you couldn't tell, that's Miley Cyrus claiming to be a teenage rebel. I hope that doesn't ruin it for you.

This author is really looking forward to buying the new album on iTunes this fall.

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