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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.

Gwil, Joe Newman [guitar/vocals], Gus Unger-Hamilton [keyboards] and Thom Green [drums] met at Leeds University in 2007. Gus studied English Literature; the other three Fine Art. In their second year of studies, Joe played Gwil a handful of his own songs inspired by his guitar-playing dad and hallucinogens, and the pair began recording in their dorm rooms with Gwil acting as producer on Garageband.

Needless to say, the response to Joe’s hushed falsetto yelps and Gwil’s rudimentary sampling skills was good. When Thom was played the tracks he joined the band straight away. “I hadn’t heard anything like it,” he says. “It was music I was looking for, I just didn’t know I was. I just loved it.”

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.

alt-J   , Cambridge, Britain (UK)

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  • alt-J - SARM sessions 2 tracks, 6.54 alt-J on August 30, 2012 06:15

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    1. 1. alt-J - Something Good (SARM Acoustic Version) 3.46 540753 plays
    2. 2. alt-J - Tessellate (SARM Acoustic Version) 3.07 404116 plays
  • Guardian band of the day sampler 3 tracks, 11.05 alt-J on May 24, 2012 09:48

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    1. 1. Breezeblocks 3.47 2064643 plays
    2. 2. TEST TRACK 3.38 398595 plays
    3. 3. Fitzpleasure 3.39 2337667 plays
  • An Awesome Wave 13 tracks, 48.48 alt-J on May 16, 2012 15:48

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    1. 1. Intro 2.37 640866 plays
    2. 2. ❦ (Ripe & Ruin) 1.12 434702 plays
    3. 3. Tessellate 3.02 2919642 plays
    4. 4. Breezeblocks 3.47 2064643 plays
    5. 5. ❦ (Guitar) 1.17 375387 plays
    6. 6. Something Good 3.38 2170487 plays
    7. 7. Dissolve Me 3.59 681906 plays
    8. 8. Matilda 3.48 695583 plays
    9. 9. Ms 3.59 548274 plays
    10. 10. Fitzpleasure 3.39 2337667 plays
    11. 11. ❦ (Piano) 0.53 261605 plays
    12. 12. Bloodflood 4.09 419734 plays
    13. 13. Taro (includes hidden track 'Hand-Made') 12.42 482156 plays
  • Breezeblock Remix Stems 28 tracks, 1.17.10 alt-J on March 01, 2012 18:03

    1. 1. Breezeblocks Stems - Bells 2.01
    2. 2. Breezeblocks Stems - 'Hey' 2.37
    3. 3. Breezeblocks Stems - Gus BVs 3.47
    4. 4. Breezeblocks Stems - Gus BVs (dry) 3.49
    5. 5. Breezeblocks Stems - Guitar stabs 1.33
    6. 6. Breezeblocks Stems - Extra chorus Guitars 2.08
    7. 7. Breezeblocks Stems - Egg Shaker 2.02
    8. 8. Breezeblocks Stems - Drum Kit 3.43
    9. 9. Breezeblocks Stems - Casio chords 3.52
    10. 10. Breezeblocks Stems - Bridge Keyboard riff 1.34
    11. 11. Breezeblocks Stems - Joe Forsetto vocs 1.59
    12. 12. Breezeblocks Stems - Joe Chorus Double vocs 2.00
    13. 13. Breezeblocks Stems - Joe Chorus Double soft vocs 2.02
    14. 14. Breezeblocks Stems - Gwill end gtr 3.48
    15. 15. Breezeblocks Stems - Joe Main Vocs 3.48 33507 plays
    16. 16. Breezeblocks Stems - Joe Main Vocs (dry) 3.48 22600 plays
    17. 17. Breezeblocks Stems - Joe Main double vocs 3.48 16608 plays
    18. 18. Breezeblocks Stems - Joe Guitar 3.47 23990 plays
    19. 19. Breezeblocks Stems - Joe Forsetto vocs 1.59 14453 plays
    20. 20. Breezeblocks Stems - Joe Chorus Double vocs 2.00 13215 plays
    21. 21. Breezeblocks Stems - Joe Chorus Double soft vocs 2.02 12462 plays
    22. 22. Breezeblocks Stems - Synth top 3.50 27774 plays
    23. 23. Breezeblocks Stems - Synth Bass 3.56 26905 plays
    24. 24. Breezeblocks Stems - Sampled Kick 3.44 21667 plays
    25. 25. Breezeblocks Stems - Pixiano stabs 1.17 18604 plays
    26. 26. Breezeblocks Stems - Pixiano riff 1.24 19921 plays
    27. 27. Breezeblocks Stems - Piano stabs 1.20 19800 plays
    28. 28. Breezeblocks Stems - Tom End Loop 3.15 38997 plays
  • Fitzpleasure 1 track, 3.39 alt-J on January 09, 2012 14:20

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    1. 1. Fitzpleasure 3.39 486911 plays

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