Single Review – Alt-J – In Cold Blood

Completely contrasting the chilled and haunting tones of 3WW, alt-J have dropped the second single previewing the trio’s third LP Relaxed, In Cold Blood. With binary code, smooth licks of jazz and a brilliant key change, the wonderfully sinuous single is something quite unlike alt-J have ever done before, but also exactly what we’d hope and expect to hear from the Mercury Prize winners. They’ve somehow managed to braid pop, coarse folk and indie rock into one, with a frankly astounding finish. Layers of synth, trombone and expert percussion make up the track, with inflating vocals making the simplistic close all the more effective. The trio explained the track was written back in their “Leeds days” and was unearthed and completed last year, giving it its biting pop edge on a £1.05 Casiotone keyboard from eBay. Worth it, I’d say.  

Eleanor Chivers

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