Shortly after releasing their first live album, “Live At Red Rocks,” British alternative folk combo alt-J returned to the studio last year to work on new songs. A total of eight made it onto their new album “Relaxer”.
With this, the trio from Leeds 2017 follows up on their number one predecessor “This Is All Yours”, which, however, already dates back three years. The time between albums, however, alt-J have anything but wasted. Drummer Thom Green released his first solo album “High Anxiety,” and keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton opened a café and restaurant in London.
With “3WW” they already presented a foretaste of the record in March 2017. The groovy, beat-heavy song shows that the album title “Relaxer” is not far-fetched. Furthermore, it becomes clear that alt-J have once again raised their very personal sound to a new level.
The new album was produced by Barclaycard Mercury Prize and Brit Award-winning producer Charlie Andrew (Bloc Party, Nick Mulvey, Darwin Deez), who already worked on both of alt-J’s previous albums.
By the way, the cover of “Relaxer” is a screenshot of the PlayStation game “LSD”, which was released in 1998.