- 08 Feb 22
Award winning English trio alt-J return with 'The Actor', taken from their upcoming album,
alt-J have released their final teaser, 'The Actor,' ahead of the release of their first full-length album since 2018, The Dream.
"Hollywood, 1982. Another hopeful young movie star arrives in search of The Dream," said the band about the track. "What follows is a tale of desperation, drugs and death in LA’s most famous hotel. It’s ‘The Actor’."
The trio, known for Mercury-prize winning album An Awesome Wave, has made a name for themselves in the world of alternative indie-pop. With 'The Actor,' the group has channeled their hallmark intricate, experimental melodies and darkly fascinating storytelling, constructing a narrative that — much like Hollywood — pulls you in, before it spits you out.
The group formed at Leeds University in 2007, comprised of members Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Sonny Greene. Gwilym Sainsbury was also part of the original lineup but left after the release of their debut album in 2012. Since, with several blow-out hits the likes of 'Breezeblocks' and 'Left Hand Free,' they have cemented themselves as kings of alt-pop.
"The Dream was recorded from August 2020 until June 2021 with long-time producer Charlie Andrew. What emerged was a record of intrigue and ambiguity that fizzes with a rejuvenated sense of experimentalism," the band posted to Spotify. "The Dream is the sound of a band experimenting more than they ever have, recharged and reinvigorated - the twelve tracks make for the fullest sounding alt-J record yet."
alt-J will be departing on a European tour starting in May, with two nights at the 3Olympia Theatre. Tickets to see the show can be found here.
Check out 'The Actor' below.
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