Mercury Prize Winners alt-J Set to Release New Album, Embark on North American Tour
Alt-J, one of the most promising rock bands on the planet, are set to release their eagerly awaited sophomore album.
This Is All Yours, the follow-up to the British now-trio’s million-selling An Awesome Wave, is available to pre-order now, and will be released Sept. 22 on Canvasback/Infectious Music in CD, digital and double-vinyl versions.
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After the exit of bassist Gwil Sainsbury earlier this year, the band now consists of guitarist/ vocalist Joe Newman, keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton and drummer Thom Green, all of whom originally met at Leeds University, forming in 2007, where they studied English (Unger-Hamilton) and art (the other three). After graduation, the band relocated to Cambridge, then recorded their debut album in Brixton. An Awesome Wave came out in the U.S. in Sept. 2012, and went on to win Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize for that year, as well as nominated for three Brit Awards.
The N.Y. Times called the band's sound "a handsome alloy of dry acoustic timbre and reverberant effect, suggesting a very British convergence of texture-minded electronic music and psychedelic folk." An Awesome Wave was Bob Boilen of NPR's Album of the Year, iTunes Alternative Breakthrough Album of the Year and was on the top 10 lists of numerous critics, including NPR's Robin Hilton, The Wall Street Journal and Billboard. It has now sold over one million copies worldwide and has been streamed more than 200 million times on Spotify.
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Starting today, fans who pre-order This Is All Yours via www.altjband.com will receive a code to buy tickets for the U.S. and European tours ahead of anyone else. U.S. tour pre-sale will start 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, June 11 and end 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 12. General on-sale follows 10am local time on Friday, June 13. See below for the full list of European and North American shows.
Alt-J begin a European tour on Sept. 18 at Glasgow’s Academy, with shows at Alexandra Place in London (Sept. 24), The O2 Arena in Dublin (Sept. 27) and Casino de Paris (Sept. 29). The North American leg begins at the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver Oct. 14, and includes shows at L.A.’s Greek Theater (Oct. 20) and N.Y.’s Beacon Theater (Nov. 16).
Here’s the track listing for This Is All Yours:
Arrival In Nara
Every Other Freckle
Left Hand Free
❦Garden of England
Hunger of the Pine
The Gospel of John Hurt