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Debut studio album by the self-proclaimed 'folk-step' band. It debuted in the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart and features the songs 'Matilda' and 'Breezeblocks'.
It’s hard to place Alt-J. Originally from Leeds, they spend their time in a Cambridgeshire basement making their own brand of uniquely dubbed "folk-step". However, the noises that An Awesome Wave emits far escape the dull, dark depths such a creative location suggests. Instead, it’s a stunning and encompassing affair of both innovative and electrifying musicianship and exemplary song writing.
Comparing Alt-J to contemporary artists or listing their influences is almost pointless. Each song blurs, stutters, and explodes across a tide of instruments and ideas, fresh and addictive. Breezeblocks is early Mystery Jets with Orange Juice choruses while Dissolve Me is post-Skins generation Foals cuddling up to Fleet Foxes by the campfire. It has moments of slick RnB, gorgeous folk harmonies, and even a choir of children glossing nostalgic school memories.
This album spans every workable idea, genre, and influence that can be crammed under the guitar music umbrella, yet it never feels disorientating. Instead, what swoons gracefully through speakers is an entirely comprehendible and accessible collection of beautiful pop songs.
Movement is key on this album. Samples and sounds cascade and cross with elegance, but it’s Joe Newman’s lead vocal that acts as the cement, pulling everything together and guiding it seamlessly into making sense.
Even the lyrics are creatively ambitious. On Breezeblocks he cracks, "She may contain the urge to run away but hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks / Germolene, disinfect the scene, my love." It’s not your usual Valentine’s note but it’s their way of taking on the old in a new way that really marks An Awesome Wave as a deeply exciting record.
Okay, it’s not that Alt-J can’t be pigeon-holed or placed beside peers; it’s more that they deserve more. This debut offering is strong, addictive and enthralling, the perfect accompaniment to any mood, any moment, anywhere.
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A fantastic album. It is different, and truly inspired. The music captures you from the beginning and keeps you there until the end. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Liam A
Can't praise this album highly enough. If you like 'In Rainbows' by Radiohead, this is probably for you. An absolutely beautiful album.Published 25 days ago by Harriet Lloyd
Great album, nothing to add to all the other 5 star reviews. However, the white vinyl is a nuisance as 1) you can't see where the next track starts, 2) if there's a scratch you... Read morePublished 26 days ago by J. Higham
Absolutely beautiful, I am just absolutely in love with this album, one of the best bands I've discovered. Highly recommended.Published 1 month ago by Lina
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