alt-J are at their most simple, moving, and direct on new song 'Get Better'.
The song strips back their melodic complexities, aiming for something direct, and truly heartfelt.
Online now, 'Get Better' appears on upcoming album 'The Dream' - out on February 11th - and it emerges dedicated to key workers.
A union of two ideas, and two voices, it finds lead singer Joe Newman's vocal next to harmonies from bandmate Gus Unger-Hamilton.
Joe Newman comments...
“‘Get Better’ is the union of two songs. The first was an improvised song I sang in 2018 to my partner who was suffering from period pain. To her I sang ‘Get better my Darcy, I know you can’. She filmed it and I kept revisiting the fragment with a plan to write more. The second was a chord structure I worked on in lockdown that focused on someone living through a bereavement. I felt a nervous heat when writing ‘Get Better’. The context of the Coronavirus pandemic lent my words a chilling weight and gave me a new sense of responsibility as a lyricist. Whilst the direct events described are fictional, I believe - or I hope - that it's emotionally the most honest song I've written.”
For his part, Gus Unger-Hamilton says: “When Joe first played it to me I didn’t just get a bit tearful, I broke down. A big, big cry. A cry of the year.”
The animated video was pieced together by Hamburg-based award-winning pixel artist Stefanie Grunwald - check it out below.
Catch alt-J at the following shows:
7 Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom
9 Leeds O2 Academy
13 Manchester O2 Apollo
18 London O2 Academy Brixton
22 Dublin Olympia Theatre
25 Belfast The Telegraph Building
27 Birmingham O2 Academy Birmingham
Photo Credit: Rosie Matheson
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