Britain's Alt-J burst onto the scene earlier this year on the strength of their single "Fitzpleasure," a misshapen indie-folk track with a growling, grinding electronic bassline and scarcely intelligible lyrical allusions to Hubert Selby Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn. The quartet is also known as ∆, a symbol created using the "alt" and "J" keys on a keyboard, and was formed in 2007 by four college friends.
The group released their full-length debut An Awesome Wave earlier this year on the UK label Infectious Music, Ltd, with a US release by Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records. An Awesome Wave features some of the strangest, most untaggable music this side of the electronic and noise underground, but still retains an imaginative, playful indie-pop appeal. This fall, Alt-J find themselves on an extensive American tour.
Alt-J stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs and chat with Bill DeVille.
Songs played: "Tesselate," "Fitzpleasure" and "Bloodflood."
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