∆ (pronounced “Alt-J”) is possibly the strangest, most intriguing handful of oddballs ever to make music. The name is taken from mathematical equations where the symbol known as delta, or “∆,” is intended to signify change.
If you have heard of these guys, then you are one of the few, as they have only been making music since 2007 and have already changed their name twice.
Alt J is a new kind of genre that I honestly don’t know what to do with. They are either a terrible waste of valuable radio waves, or so incredibly innovative that our generation is not yet ready for their enlightenment.
The lead singer, Joe Newman, has a weird, almost Leonard Cohen voice, that seems to flutter through every tempo, bouncing off a whiney contrast and flying somewhere in between beautiful and aggravating. Their lyrics either mean next to nothing or are far too deep for my feeble brain to comprehend. And the musical accompaniment is both sporadic and absent minded while still fun and, maybe, breathtaking.
Alt J’s music is said to be inspired by hallucinogenic substances, which seems probable given their peculiar sound and incomprehensible vocals. Nonetheless, you have to give them points for creativity: There has never been anything like this group, and its debatable as to whether that’s for a good reason.
That being said, I have had their new single, “Breeze blocks,” on repeat since its recent release. The video is a dark retelling of homicide and domestic violence that is juxtaposed to the unusual vocals and upbeat musical background. It’s strange. The whole thing is very strange.
They are here for you to judge or enjoy. Let us a know what you think!
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