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Alt-J review whats all the fussinesss about? | Musique Non Stop

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Alt-J review whats all the fussinesss about?

Alexandra Palace, London

Call this critic churlish, but the appeal of AltJs overcomplicated music and uptight posturing eludes her


It is very hard to disagree with 10,000 people. Specifically, the 10,000 people filling Alexandra Palace, many of whom may already have bought tickets for Alt-Js next London date: 24 January 2015 at the O2 Arena (capacity: 20,000). They dont look like the sorts of people you dont normally mind aggressively dissenting with rainforest loggers, say. They shuffle around enthusiastically to a brief hour of Alt-Js mid-paced folktronica, clapping along crisply to Breezeblocks, Alt-Js breakout single from their first album. It seems churlish to harsh their mellow.


Were not even at an infamous gig, like those earlier this week by Lauryn Hill, where the artist gravely disappoints on multiple counts. Arrayed in a row, with touring bassist Cameron Knight replacing lost founder member Gwil Sainsbury, Alt-J deliver songs from their two records. Keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton and singing guitarist Joe Newman are perfectly affable in between tracks, grateful to be hosting their biggest gig ever. The word performing would be stretching matters here: theres a light show; someone throws a T-shirt into the crowd; at they end, they make their little triangle symbol with their fingers.


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