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Alt J (∆) – Tessellate

Happy Thursday ya’ll! The music I’ve been listening to all day has been heated and filled with bass. But let’s take it down a notch and think subtle and inspiring. I’ve been consistently jamming to this track for the past week, waiting for Thursday to come around so that I could share it with you guys. The lyrics are simple and the breezy dual piano-guitar sounds weld with the vocals in what seems to be a perfect physical tessellation. I hope I’m using that word correctly.

I didn’t know much about this band, so I was surprised to find that the name was not just a triangle shape, but in fact “Alt-J” which is pronounced exactly as it sounds. Coincidentally, when you hold down the alt and J buttons on your computer, you get a triangle. Sweet, huh? I was humorously annoyed when I tried to learn more about this song and pasted the physical ∆ into Google, only to receive results about geometry. Thankfully, my mind began working a little bit faster and I was able to solve the puzzle. The lead singer’s voice is kind of reminiscent of something that already exists, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. I’d be curious to hear what you guys think.

This day started out grouchy and frowny, something that is uncharacteristic of me. I was sad to go to work in the morning because it’s the first hot day we’ve had in a while, and the last thing I wanted to do was be locked inside. The beach was calling. However, I was totally surprised to find The Do setting up for a live performance in my office as I walked in, and from there on things seemed to look up. After a remarkable live set from the adorably charming French (and part Finnish!) trio, I sat at my computer and listened to this song. All the stars (or clouds, for daylights sake) seemed to align perfectly and I took a deep breath.

This song isn’t necessarily a happy one, the lyrics are dark and meaningful. But it resonates all the more. Allow it to mean something to you. Think about triangles, then perhaps if you’re like me, think about what in your life meets at certain points over and over in a triangular fashion.

Triangles are my favorite shape
Three points where two lines meet.
Toe to toe, back to back, let’s go
My love it’s very late.
‘Til morning comes, let’s tessellate.

À bientôt!

Alt J (∆) – Tessellate