Self-identified folk-step foursome alt-J have released a video for the track “Breezeblocks” off of the band’s upcoming album, An Awesome Wave, out May 28th via Infectious Music. The Leeds-based band has more quirks than its folk-step genre or keyboard shortcut name (which creates a delta sign (∆) when the keys are pushed on a Mac) may suggest. After changing their name twice and finally settling on alt-J to avoid confusion with other bands, members Gwil Sainsbury (guitarist/bassist), Joe Newman (guitarist/vocalist), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards), and Thom Green (drums) made it quite difficult for anyone to find press shots showing any of their faces for quite some time. In almost every interview, the band talks about how they strive to be different looks-wise and sound-wise than other bands out there–including some sites suggesting that the band has hired a plain-clothes choir to be a part of the audience during live shows.
The video for “Breezeblocks” is no exception to alt-J’s commitment to doing things differently, recounting a bath tub murder in reverse. Weighed down by a cinder block in bloody water, a woman is pulled out of the tub as the murder goes back to the beginning. Newman’s nasal vocals and the song’s heavy bass lend the perfect amount of eeriness to the scene, singing “She bruises coughs she splutters pistol shots/But hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks.”
You can stream An Awesome Wave on alt-J’s Soundcloud now before the album drops next week.
STREAM: Alt-J – “Breezeblocks”