Watch alt-J perform “Left Hand Free” on World Cafe
The Leeds indie rock trio Alt-J were recently on World Cafe with David Dye. The band just released their sophomore album, This Is All Yours. In 2012, the band won the Mercury Prize — the annual music prize awarded for the U.K.’s best album — for their debut, An Awesome Wave. Since then, they’ve developed a significant fan base around the world considering the quirky, anti-pop nature of most of their songwriting. Of the many reviews of the new album, Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone says describes the album best:
Back home, all the fuss has made Alt-J overnight indie stars. Here, they’re a festival attraction with a fan base that’s likely to get much bigger thanks to their second album. Like their debut, An Awesome Wave, it’s an ambling, entrancing listen – full of songs that blur weird folk and electronic zoinkiness, classical filigree and straight-up rock, scrambling in all directions as singer-guitarist Joe Newman sings in a pillowy Kid A warble. Their name was inspired by a Mac keyboard shortcut. Talk about getting your Yorke on.
Alt-J are currently on tour in support of their new album, and make a stop in Philly on Friday, November 14th at the Tower Theatre. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Listen to the entire session and interview they did here. The band performed five songs, including “Tessellate” from their debut album. Below, watch alt-J perform “Left Hand Free” on the World Cafe.