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The brand new album from alt-J isn’t presupposed to exist. No person, we’re informed, needs to listen to this type of stuff anymore. The album — and particularly this artsy form of album — is useless.
But right here is This Is All Yours: bizarre, advanced, goofy, chic, baffling and utterly in contrast to anything out to this point this yr. It’s in all probability an idea album. Possibly about travelling the world and opening your eyes to new experiences. Or about hooking up. Who is aware of? There’s not sufficient time within the day to type it out, and a whole lot of the references are delightfully nonsensical. Singer-guitarist Joe Newman sings in regards to the cool facet of the pillow, licking the within of a snack bag of cookies and Tetris. The band even employs an incongruous — however someway notice excellent — Miley Cyrus pattern.
There are some lush, lovely orchestrations right here — most notably the chic Heat Foothills and lilting Alternative Kingdom — interspersed with the form of oddball pop that first drew our consideration on Mercury Prize-winning debut An Superior Wave. alt-J is at its finest when it indulges its weirdest impulses, crafting angular music that bumps alongside elegantly like a bicycle with triangle wheels.
Left hand free pleasantly evokes Blitzen Trapper’s Wild Mountain Nation part, a ramshackle occasion with unique delights (possibly). The pulsing synth bass and Newman’s vibrant lyrics are a randy come-on (in all probability) on Each different freckle, awkward and thrilling. And The gospel of John Harm is a sci-fi tribute to the film Alien.
After which there’s Starvation of the Pine, a sluggish constructing music that opens with the digital beating of a coronary heart, builds with the assistance of Cyrus singing “I’m a feminine insurgent” from her music 4×4 on an irresistible loop and finishes in a collage of sound that’s dazzling.