Alt-J(∆) - MS





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Published on Aug 15, 2012

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"Life on the street"

Alt-J (∆)'s name takes a little explaining. Pronounced "alt-J", the delta sign is created when you hold down the alt key on your computer keyboard and punch 'J' on a Mac computer. The symbol has a deeper meaning for the band, as guitarist/bassist Gwil Sainsbury notes, "in mathematical equations it's used to show change," and the band's relatively new name came at a turning point in their lives.
Gus completed the band's lineup and together -- first as Daljit Dhaliwal and then as Films -- the four friends spent the next two years playing around town, developing a precise and unique brand of alt. pop that draws on poignant folk verses, crushing synths, smart hip hop syncopations and tight vocal harmonies. They dropped the moniker of Films in 2007, largely to avoid confusing the band with Californian punk troupe The Films. alt-J (∆) gave them a unique name to go with the unique 'folk-step' that they now concoct in the basement of a terrace house in Cambridgeshire.

We can't lose touch but we can let go, oooohooooh,
blue and white gun made from Lego.
All the vowels vow to hold your name, oooohooooh
keep your estate clean of me.
I've pillowed you so many times this week,
Close eyes, open, close again, forget and fall asleep.
The dark seeks dark. (x2)
Oooohooooh, darker. (x2)
The nights of all my youth pressed into one glass of water.
Scattered truths, bewildered beast boohoos, we have our weight: ten thousand ladybirds.
All the vowels vow to guard your name, keep your estate clean, happy.
Some things lie too deep for tears to well,
Close eyes, open, close again, feel as my body spells
Dark seeks dark. (x2)
Oooohooooh, darker. (x2)
The shadow burns across like embers tide paper.
Darker, darker, darker, darker. (x4)



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