By Huntress Thompson
Watch the new video from the biggest little indie band of the year, Alt-J, for Something Good.
Something Good is the fourth single off the Mercury Prize-winning An Awesome Wave, released in May this year, their debut album which landed at #3 on iTunes.
The alt-pop outfit are easily one of the most widely acclaimed new acts of 2012, delighting fans and critics alike with their seductive, peculiar indie sensibility.
Incidentally, alt-J is the Mac command for the delta symbol, ∆.
Something Good follows singles Matilda/Fitzpleasure, Breezeblocks and the much-lauded Tessellate.
It describes a relationship in terms of a matador and a bull, a metaphor that’s represented quite literally in the music video below. Explains lead singer Joe Newman, “In the song, the bull ends up killing the matador, and that represents the death of your clinging to a particular person. You’ve gone out, you’ve had a really good time and realised you don’t need that person.”
alt-J are Gwil Sainsbury (bass), Joe Newman (guitar/vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) and Thom Green (drums).
An Awesome Wave is available through Sheer Sound in South Africa.
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