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Alt-J — Warm Foothills
Album: This Is All Yours
Avg rating:
6.9

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Total ratings: 667









Released: 2014
Length: 3:40
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Dry dunes cater for jumping boys
From the nape of her neck he made his descent
They watched men hurl from rock to sea
Like sternum to button, lined lip pinches in between

Your foothills
Your warmth

Iris swims quietly beside me
Oh the leaves and larger weeds sway and stretch themselves beneath
Blue dragonflies dart to and fro
I tie my life to your balloon and let it go

Your foothills
Your warmth
Ooooh
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Nice line:  I tie my life to your balloon and let it go

 deckfisher wrote:
The interplay of voices is quite disturbing.
 
It seems that the tension was the effect they were striving for.
 lizardking wrote:

It is a gimmick, although that's actually 4 different voices!  From the Daily Trojan review (full article here) - 

The most memorable female voice, however, occurs on the track “Warm Foothills,” perhaps the album’s crowning achievement. The track features English female folk singers Lianne La Havas and Marika Hackman, as well as Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst. Rather than giving each their own verse or chorus, the guests trade off every other word with Newman and Unger-Hamilton, creating a mesmerizing hocketing effect that recalls fellow indie rockers Dirty Projectors. It will be very interesting to see how they attempt to recreate this effect in a live setting.

And I've found that I'm liking Alt-J, and upvoted from my initial 1 to an 'it's not bad 6 rating - Long Live RP!!
 
thanks lk!  Guess I'm a sucker for hocketing, cuz I dig this track.
 Dave_Mack wrote:

Sounds to me like the same guy singing in falsetto. Seems gimmicky to me. Not a fan of this one.

 
It is a gimmick, although that's actually 4 different voices!  From the Daily Trojan review (full article here) - 

The most memorable female voice, however, occurs on the track “Warm Foothills,” perhaps the album’s crowning achievement. The track features English female folk singers Lianne La Havas and Marika Hackman, as well as Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst. Rather than giving each their own verse or chorus, the guests trade off every other word with Newman and Unger-Hamilton, creating a mesmerizing hocketing effect that recalls fellow indie rockers Dirty Projectors. It will be very interesting to see how they attempt to recreate this effect in a live setting.

And I've found that I'm liking Alt-J, and upvoted from my initial 1 to an 'it's not bad 6 rating - Long Live RP!!
One of the most interesting, creative, and enjoyable bands of the last 10 years.  
Hey RP friends...I'm studying for a nursing midterm and scrolling through the comments section has given me some much needed comic-relief.  Y'all rule! 
 AvoidingWork wrote:
 dragon1952 wrote:
You've got to be kidding me {#Eh} Is the guy going through puberty or is he actually doing that on purpose?

 Due to the harmony parts, I think it's a woman singing with him.

 
Sounds to me like the same guy singing in falsetto. Seems gimmicky to me. Not a fan of this one.
Sounds a lot like Laurie Anderson
Came to downvote this piece of tripe but I already had.
 planet_lizard wrote:
Love it - unusual and beguiling.

 
Agreed
 
 deckfisher wrote:
The interplay of voices is quite disturbing.

 
Then, success!
 
The interplay of voices is quite disturbing.
Love it - unusual and beguiling.
 paradiseregained wrote:
STOP !!!!!! YOU'RE KILLING ME !!!! UTTERLY ATROCIOUS !!!!!!

 
Perhaps you'd be happier elsewhere.
STOP !!!!!! YOU'RE KILLING ME !!!! UTTERLY ATROCIOUS !!!!!!
 dragon1952 wrote:
You've got to be kidding me {#Eh} Is the guy going through puberty or is he actually doing that on purpose?

 Due to the harmony parts, I think it's a woman singing with him.


 bill-1956 wrote:
Creative?

or

Self-indulgent?

 
The two traits are not mutually exclusive; historically they've usually coincided.
The more I hear Alt-J the more I find to like. Not everyone's cup of tea but I find his creative playfulness refreshing.
OI'll give it foive.
 
Creative?

or

Self-indulgent?


You've got to be kidding me {#Eh} Is the guy going through puberty or is he actually doing that on purpose?
it does grow on you.

A little too dreamy for my tastes.  Maybe it will grow on me, but giving a lowly 3 until then.


 jimys wrote:
I love how they play with the male/female voices.  Something I've never heard before.

 
Me too.
 RCinSoCal wrote:
"Warm Foothills" pretty much explains here; the past couple weeks, now, and the foreseeable future (they say)...  I'm sure much of the rest of the Northern Hemisphere is pretty jealous.  It's all about swimming laps and getting some rays at the outdoor pool where I swim laps mid-day, wearing shorts & flip-flops, and needing the car AC.  This song conveys it all well.

 
Damn straight—at least one segment of the rest of the Northern Hemisphere is jealous: sub-zero temperatures, snow, ice, and not a crocus in sight. And our foothills, the Virginia Piedmont, are blanketed with snow.
"Warm Foothills" pretty much explains here; the past couple weeks, now, and the foreseeable future (they say)...  I'm sure much of the rest of the Northern Hemisphere is pretty jealous.  It's all about swimming laps and getting some rays at the outdoor pool where I swim laps mid-day, wearing shorts & flip-flops, and needing the car AC.  This song conveys it all well.
Nice song!
 unclehud wrote:
Damn; these guys are good, aren't they?

 
Yes, they are indeed.  I love it.
 unclehud wrote:
Damn; these guys are good, aren't they?

 
I'm thinking yes
Damn; these guys are good, aren't they?
 KaraokeVox wrote:
not many whistlers out there...nice.
 
Andrew Bird begs to differ. ...only he'd whistle it to you.
Such a well crafted song and recording.
 Hoosfoos wrote:
<snip>

 
Gee, Hoosfoos, did you ever think that maybe you're listening to the wrong station?
I did not think I'd like this when it first started, but nice build.  Well done.
Their debut album is very creative; like em alot.
This is a great song and I feel there is something exceptional about this band.  Yet, I heard them live and thought they were awful, particularly vocally.
Nice song, very good new band!

Wow.  How many takes in the studio to get this one just right.    And it is just right !!!
 
I love how they play with the male/female voices.  Something I've never heard before.
subtle, serene and refreshingly different.....play it again Bill
not many whistlers out there...nice.