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Skittering indie puzzleboxes from the new crown princes of cerebral rock. That’s the thrust of what’s so appealing about the debut album from university friends Joe Newman, Thom Green, Gwil Sainsbury and Gus Unger-Hamilton. “Tessellate” lures you in with sultry piano and languid electronica, "Something Good" snakes along on marching drums and "Breezeblocks" brings us the typically esoteric proposition of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are reinvented as a shimmering pop jewel. A heady brew of book smarts and seductive beats.

Biography

Formed: 2008 in Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

English indie rockers Alt-J, named for the delta symbol that appears when pressing "Alt" and "J" on a Mac keyboard, first formed in 2008 under the moniker FILMS. The quartet members, all of whom met at Leeds University, spent two years rehearsing before inking a deal with Infectious Records in 2011. Their signature blend of layered, folk-inflected dub-pop and soaring alternative rock was first heard on the 2012 singles "Matilda" and "Fitzpleasure" with the group's full-length studio debut, An Awesome...
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