Photos by Serge Levin
Alt-J and Hundred Waters performed at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philly on 3/21 – the show sold out months in advance amidst massive buzz, including Alt-J being awarded the 2012 Mercury Prize (as well as getting regular local radio play). Both bands are coming off successful stints at SXSW in Austin, TX and will continue touring together through mid-May before parting ways. Hundred Waters will then start touring with The XX. You can see the rest of Alt-J’s and Hundred Waters’ tour dates here and here, respectively.
Alt-J’s experimental (yet still hugely accessible) debut album An Awesome Wave was released in 2012 and now finds them on a worldwide tour, including roughly a million festival appearances this summer. You can listen to their album in its entirety (as well as an exclusive live acoustic session) on Spotify. You can also watch a number of their music videos on their YouTube channel; however, my personal favorite is their Memento-esque video for “Breezeblocks“. And while “Matilda” is a fantastic song (a reference to one of my all-time favorite films), its video features just about the worst morphing effects imaginable.
Hundred Waters (who are currently signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA label) bring some serious musicianship in addition to bountiful blips and bleeps on their self-titled debut LP. They draw definite comparisons to the likes of Bjork, especially with their awesome yet incomprehensible vocal style. Listen to their debut LP, as well as their Thistle remix EP on Spotify. They’ve also announced that they’ll be releasing a “Boreal” remix compilation on 3/26 that will feature remixes by Blood Diamonds, Daedelus, Teebs, Phantoms, and Brillz.
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