Within seconds of the new single, the bass sets in and alt-J fans are sure to fall faint at heart to that familiar humming. It’s been quite a while since alt-J has released new music and to listeners’ satisfaction 3WW is just a precursor to their new album Relaxer, which will be released on June 9th.
This track while harmonious with their past records, has a different quality to it. There is more of an acoustic and raw feeling between the instrumentation and the vocals, giving the song an essence of tribal music with the beating of the bass drum and plucking of guitar strings. While romantic and somewhat erotic at the same time, the lyrics left me confused after the first listen, but my first instinct with any alt-J song is always “what the heck did they just say?” Their incredible ability to mesh together so many sounds, elements and mysterious lyrics is mind-boggling and addictive.
In this track, we get both vocals from Gus Unger-Hamilton and Joe Newman, but we’re also graced by the appearance of Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice. Her voice combined with Newman’s made me feel like I was sitting on a floating cloud while looking up at a star filled sky, followed by the quiet trickle and splashing of water that brought me back down to earth to continue relaxing for the remaining 40 seconds of the song. In my opinion, the best way to really listen to this track is to close your eyes and let 3WW take you on its purposeful journey. I couldn’t imagine a better title for their new album, because this single immediately put me into a serene state. The odds are looking high for yet another amazing album from alt-J. All we have to do now is wait.