Tuesday, 29 May 2012

alt-J - An Awesome Wave (Album Review)

A sweet folk influenced album for modern non-folk people

Out of all the new albums available this week I chose this for its raw and stripped down production. It has everything an album needs in terms of sound and no more. No over the top killing of the true sound of the artist, no massive overdubbed vocals, it would seem what you get is just what the band wanted you to hear, not what some over-hyped producer thinks it should sound like.
In general, I found very little information about these guys online, so I won’t be giving a background on the band for that very reason. In a way it’s quite nice that the music has a chance to speak for itself without any pre-conceived ideas.

The best way to describe this album is to say it has wonderful vocals, soft acoustic guitars, and well layered production, but not too much as I mentioned above. The album has no massive standout track, but as I have said in past reviews this is not always a bad thing. The band obviously knows what they want to do, and this recording proves they certainly have the means to pull off something mystifying and beautiful. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, ‘Fitzpleasure’ could be a good track. Although a little more intense than most of the album it displays a little of everything the rest of the album has to offer, a little dark, percussive number with slightly odd vocals. It is probably the most memorable track on the album too.

This album is well worth a listen. It has highs and lows, but is – for the most part - a nice summer acoustic chill album. There are some really wonderful musical moments on the album, but I feel each listener will discover something different upon playing.

Other notable releases this week
*2:54 - 2:54
Architects – Daybreaker
*Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Here
*Grand Magus – The Hunt
Jack Savoretti – Before The Storm
*Joan Armatrading - Starlight
*Melody Gardot – The Absence
*Paloma Faith – Fall To Grace
Public Image Ltd - This Is PiL
Regina Spektor - What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
*Rumer – Boys Don’t Cry
*Scissor Sisters – Magic Hour
*Sigur Rós – Valtari
*Ultravox – Brilliant

*= album already added to This week playlist on Spotify

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