First of all…FINALLY! I have been waiting for this day. This Tuesday the always quirky and incredible English band Alt-J released their sophomore studio album: This Is All Yours”. As of right now the only place I have been able to stream it is on Spotify (one of my favorite music streaming services). From start to finish I was really happy with this album. I absolutely loved the singles that the band released earlier on this year (Every Other Freckle, Left Hand Free, and Hunger of the Pine). My favorite thing about these singles is how different they are from each other. I think that same concept applies to the album as a whole. Most of it is very mellow and slow, which I think is a great way for Alt-J to go, they are good at this sound in my opinion. And then there are the other tracks (mainly Every Other Freckle and Left Hand Free) that are very funky and upbeat. Personally I would’ve liked to see a few more of these kinds of tracks on the album. One question I have is..what on earth is “Nara” and how can I get there because the music that takes place there is beyond beautiful. My favorite of these “Nara” songs would be “Arrival In Nara” which kind of reminds of a mix of Sufjan Stevens and the score music from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (do you hear it too?). All in all I thought this was a great album and I don’t feel at all disappointing. Have a listen below and let me know what you think!
In case you didn’t know, May 1st Metric‘s upcoming album Synthetica became available for pre-order! You can pre-order the album in several different ways, Digital, Vinyl, CD, or the coolest way: The Synthetica Stereo Box! We all know what Digital Downloads, Vinyl, and CD’s are so I am going to skip right over that to tell you about this Stereo Box (because it is juts TOO cool!). The Synthetica Stereo Box originated from a Buenos Aires artist Andres Guerberoff. Emily proposed that Andres and the band come together to create a sort of diorama box that also holds music…THUS THE SYNTHETICA STEREO BOX WAS BORN!
Inside the box there will be the Synthetica CD, a 20 pg booklet w/ mirrored mylar insert, 11x3D photographic slides (one for each song), instruction manual. The 20 booklet contains the photos from a group of architects in the 1960’s who came up with dystopian views on how the future would look, these are the photos that also inspired the whole Synthetica Album!
Only 500 have been made and EACH AND EVERY ONE will be numbered and signed by THE BAND THEMSELVES (is it getting a little bit awesome in here or is it just Metric?! lol). The second I found out about this awesome stereo box I bought one immediately, I have to asmit I am MOST excited about the autographs but how freakin’ cool is this box?
Here is a video of Emily Haines describing the Synthetica Stereo Box, and what to expect when you get yours!!