Coachella Series, One: Alt-J ∆

IMG_0508As I sat in agony for an hour and a half staring at the loading line of death on my computer screen – “finding tickets, please wait” – I let my heart melt to the sweet sound of Alt-J.

Today marks the first post in my Coachella Series – yes, I know, many of you are averse to the line-up and think Coachella is overrated, but I beg to differ. While the choice in headliners does seem slightly bizarre, it’s the names in smaller font that palpitate my heart (in the best way). Before having the pleasure of getting frisked 12 times by the TSA ‘chella wannabes, and stepping onto the beautiful polo fields in Indio, I thought, “Woah, I have so many artists to learn about.” And so I printed out the lineup, closed my eyes, and drew my pen around 16 names:

Alt-J, Ben Howard, DaM-Funk, Danny Brown, Disclosure, Grizzly Bear, Hanni El Khatib, Janelle Monae, Maya Jane Coles, New Order, Passion Pit, Polica, Roni Size, The Evens, TNGHT, and Wolfgang Gartner.

While some of these names I not only know, but love, others I have never heard of in my life. *If I begin writing a post about one of the randos and I don’t like their music, I’m going to re-choose. FreshFrieda freedom.*


“Triangles are my favorite shape
Three points where two lines meet
Toe to toe, back to back, let’s go, my love; it’s very late
‘Til morning comes, let’s tessellate”

Alt-J, Tessellate

A Garageband success story, Alt-J, the forumla for ∆ on a computer keyboard, a symbol for change, is a British band born in 2007  when Gwil Sainsbury (guitarist/bassist), Joe Newman (guitar/vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards), and Thom Green (drums) met at Leeds University.

Joe’s lyrics, inspired by his father and hallucinogenens are written in terse poetic code, almost indiscernible. Unless reading their lyrics, deciphering Joe’s words is difficult upon listening. Their music is hypnotizing; the sound they make, unique and haunting. According to their facebook page, they produce their music in the basement of a house in Cambridgeshire.

Bob Boilen on Alt-J: “No one else is making music like this. This is an original, innovative band with a brilliant present and a brighter future.”

My three favorites: Something Good, Tessellate, Dissolve Me (listen to Something Good, Tessellate, and Matilda in their Tiny Desk Concert)

Dissolve Me

Fitzpleasure (Betatraxx Remix)

Buffalo (feat. Mountain Man)

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