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Live Gig Video: Gengahr share video of life on the road during their winter 2015 tour with alt-J

 
By on Monday, 24th August 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

Last week, Gengahr revealed this tour video from this past winter, when they went out on tour with alt-J. It’s backed by their song ‘Trampoline’, which figures on their debut album ‘A Dream Outside’, released back in June on Transgressive Records. (Read my review of their debut here.)

You can catch Gengahr on their headline tour in October in the UK that begins in Brighton on the 6th of October; all the dates are listed here. For more on Gengahr on TGTF, head this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngjDF_SkTQI[/youtube]

 

Preview: Flow Festival 2015

 
By on Thursday, 18th December 2014 at 9:30 am
 

Florence and Machine, Major Lazer and alt-J are among the first acts confirmed for Flow Festival 2015.

Held in Finland’s capital Helsinki, the 12th Flow Festival will take place between 14-16 August 2015 and is set to showcase a range of local and international talent. Other artists confirmed for the 3-day festival include Flying Lotus, Todd Terje, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and Foxygen.

Headliner Florence and the Machine are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to the critically acclaimed album ‘Ceremonials’. In addition to Flow Festival, the indie rock band are also set to headline Oya Festival in Norway, as well as making appearances at Hurricane (Germany) and Rock Werchter (Belgium). Florence and the Machine has yet to announce any UK dates for 2015 (at the time of writing, at least).

Major Lazer is the dancehall electro project from American producer Diplo. Their hits include ‘Get Free’ (ft. Amber Coffman), ‘All My Love’ (ft. Ariana Grande) and ‘Pon De Floor’ (which was famously sampled by Beyonce in ‘Run The World (Girls)’).

Meanwhile, alt-J, who received the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2012 with their album ‘An Awesome Wave’, are set to perform in Finland for the first time. The indie rockers recently announced that they would be performing at New York’s 18,200 capacity Madison Square Garden in March 2015.

Flow Festival takes place at the disused Suvilahti power station, which is just a short walk from the centre of Helsinki. Last year, the festival attracted over 60,000 people, with over 150 artists performing. Such acts included the likes of Of Monsters and Men, Kendrick Lamar and Disclosure.

Tickets for Flow Festival 2015 are on sale now, and cost €159 (approximately £130) for the three days. Further artists are expected to be added to the line-up in early 2015. You can find out more about Flow Festival on the official Web site.

 

Video of the Moment #1620: alt-J

 
By on Friday, 5th September 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

alt-J go back to nature – and back to the forest and caveman times too – in the promo for ‘Every Other Freckle’, featured on their upcoming second album ‘This is All Yours’, out the 22nd of September. There is also multiple appearances of a sad looking kitty, a bare bum and terrifying close-ups of teeth and a striking snake in here too. Watch the madness below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mhgfXgwdls[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1597: alt-J

 
By on Monday, 11th August 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Okay, well I can surely say I never saw this coming. Cambridge-based alt-J, who have so far made their career on left of centre-sounding records including the previously revealed single ‘Hunger of the Pine’ (video here), have released a more straight-forward and certainly more obvious Radio 1 song in ‘Left Hand Free’. Even the video has a mainstream feel uncharacteristic for the band, as it looks more like an advert for Urban Outfitters than any of their past promos.

Is this a sign that the band, now a trio following founding member Gwil Sainsbury’s amicable departure this past January, have gone in another direction entirely? Definitely food for thought ahead of the release of ‘This is All Yours’, the group’s second album, out on the 22nd of September on Infectious Music.

Previous TGTF coverage on alt-J is here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRWUoDpo2fo[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1576: alt-J

 
By on Thursday, 17th July 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

alt-J have a brand new promo for ‘Hunger of the Pine’, the first taster from upcoming album ‘This is All Yours’, out in late September. (Read my review of the single here.) The video seems unnecessary violent, and it’s as if they’re trying to be metaphorical here, showing physical suffering in place of not always visible emotional torment. One can hope. Watch it below.

‘This is All Yours’, the Cambridge group’s second album, will be out on the 22nd of September on Infectious Music. Previous coverage of the band on TGTF can be found here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCCXq9QB-dQ[/youtube]

 

Single Review: alt-J – Hunger of the Pine

 
By on Wednesday, 25th June 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Several days ago, the 2012 Mercury Prize-winning alt-J unleashed the first single from their hotly anticipated sophomore album ‘This is All Yours’. Since winning the Mercury gong, the band has downgraded from a quartet to a trio: bassist Gwil Sainsbury announced in January he was leaving the group for personal reasons and from all signs, his departure was amicable. alt-J have since decided to soldier on as a three-piece and though they are one man down, the first taste of their follow-up shows no indication of any growing pains (losing pains?) caused by Sainsbury’s departure. Actually, ‘Hunger of the Pine’ might be their most accessible song to date.

As described by the band themselves in this piece by NPR’s Bob Boilen, the song’s intent is to recreate, sonically, the physical hurt and pain of missing someone (‘pining’) and the song has nothing to do with coniferous trees at all. Unfortunately, what’s been getting too much attention is the trio’s use of a Miley Cyrus sample from her song ‘4 X 4’. I think that’s truly unfortunate. Cyrus’ actual lyric of “I’m a female rebel” doesn’t add anything to the song’s meaning itself, and I actually think it’s jarring to the haiku-like exquisiteness of singer Joe Newman’s own words (“Sleeplessly embracing / Yawn yearns into me / Plenty more tears in the sea”) lost in an enticing sea of reined in electronic beats that encircle the listener.

As has been pointed out by several music fans, if no-one had pointed out the vocal sample was from Miss Cyrus, we’d probably never have known, and maybe the song would have been better for it if we’d been in the dark. As it is, the addition makes the song more of a novelty and detracts from the otherwise beautiful, otherworldly quality of ‘Hunger of the Pine’. Also of note, it appears Newman has either toned down or they’ve somehow managed to lessen the nasal sharpness of their frontman’s voice, which was the major stumbling block to me liking alt-J in the first place.

All in all, ‘Hunger of the Pine’ confirms the anticipation for ‘This is All Yours’ is well-deserved.

7.5/10

Listen to ‘Hunger of the Pine’, alt-J’s latest song, in this Video of the Moment feature. (The band have since pulled the stream of the single from their Soundcloud account.) ‘This is All Yours’, the group’s second album, will be out on the 22nd of September on Infectious Music.
Previous coverage of the band – when they were still a foursome – can be found here.

 
 
 

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