The British indie-rockers alt-J are back for the first time since their extended hiatus began at the end of “This is All Yours” tour in December 2015.
The band announced via Facebook late on Sunday night the new album Relaxer will drop on June 9th, teasing in the interim a music video for the first single from the group in three years “3WW,” and a handful of US-tour dates.
“We’d like to thank you for your patience over the last year or so,” the band said. “Thom released a solo album; Gus opened a restaurant; Joe has been watching a lot of films. We hadn’t set a time limit on our time off but by August 2016 we were ready to get back into the studio. The result is our third album, RELAXER, and we are really excited for you to hear it.”
Following the band’s style of the last couple releases An Awesome Wave and This is All Yours with a combo of meditative, Junip skeletal guitar-and-shaker instrumentation and a crystalline vocal delivery, “3WW” adds to the mix a “Margaritaville“-type guitar riff that creeps up out of nowhere in this chameleon new joint. Known for the sexy fuzz-guitar riffs on prior releases, “3WW” shows a more contemplative side to the group in an age old pine for better love:
Oh, these three worn words
Oh, let me whisper like the rubbing hands
Of tourists in Verona
I just want to love you in my own language
While the music video takes on a virtual aesthetic, pairing with the band’s computer influences (the name “alt-J” comes from the computer code to make a triangle on screen). It seems like the video may have taken a cue from video games with its Minecraft-like fly through of a blocky, graphically designed world.
Listen to the song and watch the video below.