The word tessellate refers to how different shapes fit together to create a larger pattern; Alt-J’s interpretation doesn’t shy away from this definition. Each instrument brings a different shape to the table to form a larger piece. The song starts with a piano intro followed by the drum machine, but it’s the bass line that grabs you and sets the tone. The other instruments fall in line with the bass and vocals to form a musical pattern that is absolutely serene, perfect for watching the sun come up. In November, Alt-J won a Mercury Prize for their debut album An Awesome Wave, an incredible and well-deserved achievement for such a young band.
Alt-J’s SXSW Music 2013 Showcases:
Wednesday, March 13
12:30am-1:30am at Stubb's
Thursday, March 14
11:10pm-11:50pm at The Belmont