Three years after their absolutely stunning sophomore album This is All Yours, Alt-J have returned with news of the upcoming release of their third full-length album Relaxer, as well as shared the first intoxicating single. “3WW” has the band more experimental than ever, with a menagerie of light, bouncy guitar pierced with frontman Joe Newman’s signature flinty, cracking vocals, communicating a frustratingly esoteric, beautifully poetic, and here, surprisingly sensual lyrical narrative. In true, unbearably unique Alt-J style, it somehow gives off a bulky, industrial feeling as well as a dream-like haziness, communicating a powerful message in just a few abstract images.
Relaxer will be released on June 9th.
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