alt j sounds like you’ve gotten hopelessly loss in the woods; its raining, the trees are everywhere, its dark and all you can hear is the river and the sound of your own breathing. the wind is speaking a new language. you are dissociating constantly
For almost the past two years I’ve had the very great pleasure of being the Art Director for the band, Alt-J. Here is a selection of everything I’ve had a chance to create / oversee.
When it came time for a photo shoot I had the chance to bring on one of my favorite photographers, Noah Kalina. Using a projector and a variety of gradients we attempted to capture the feeling of Alt-J’s music in images.
Creating the following list was particularly challenging for me given just how diverse the spectrum of music created in 2014 was. New artists such as FKA twigs and Lake Street Dive blurred the lines between genres while seasoned veterans like St. Vincent and The Black Keys reimagined their role in the music world. On the albums Goddess and I Never Learn, earnest and pleading vocals took center stage, whereas on Alvvays and Salad Days, the focus was more on the aesthetically-pleasing and sentimental tunes. Lyrically, Sharon Van Etten and Run the Jewels broke new ground, bringing deep emotions to the table and raising up new issues for discussion. In addition, the mellow music of Jenny Lewis and Future Islands was reminiscent of times when the world was less complicated, and music more pure. In this past year musicians showed us that no matter what crazy happenings take place in the world around us, music will always be there to take us back to a place of peace, humanity, and beauty.
Alt-J – The final two minutes of the track Nara,from the 2014 album This is All Yours, followed by the album closer, Leaving Nara.
Hallelujah, Bovay, Alabama Marry a man like no other Hallelujah, Bovay, Alabama Love is the warmest color Hallelujah, Bovay, Alabama Unpin your butterflies, Russia Hallelujah, Bovay, Alabama To be a deer in Nara Hallelujah, Bovay, Alabama
Bovay, Alabama Bovay, Alabama I’ll bury my hands deep into the mane of my lover Bovay, Alabama Bovay, Alabama In the arms of the warmest color Bovay, Alabama I’ll bury my hands deep into the mane of my lover Bovay, Alabama, Alabama