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alt-J

Hold down Alt + J on an Apple keyboard and you get Δ, the Greek letter ‘delta’. Mathematicians and physicists use this symbol to denote change. One might say that alt-J do something similar with pop history. The British trio picks the best moments of the last sixty years and subverts them within their own universe. They are just as committed and inventive as Sigur Rós or The xx. Their fairytale world is clearly at home at Werchter. As Humo wrote of their first appearance in 2013: ‘How much excruciating beauty can one person take, and how much sugary emotion? Alt-J changed your life in The Barn.’ And as Moustique witnessed in 2015: ‘Alt-J joins the big league.’ There has been a promising silence around the group since their last tour in 2017 …

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