Album cover artwork for Alt-JIn their first new music since the release of 2017 album RELAXER, Alt-J unfurl a tale of love and rapture – inspired by time in our very own Melbourne – which marks the imminent arrived of their fourth album, The Dream.

Single U&ME is described by keys player Gus Unger-Hamilton says as “about being at a festival with your best friends, having a good time, togetherness, and the feeling in life that nothing could be any better than it is right now.” It’s a mid-paced, sauntering, initially minimal jam; singer Joe Newsom’s usually lonesome resonance instead comes across with a casual warmth, while the chorus hook is delivered in warm crowd vocals. Chuck in some cowbell, organ,

(That festival, according to the presser, was Melbourne’s Sun Cycle.)

Of the album itself, we’re told that it’s a mash-up of personal tales and true-crime inspired yarns from olde worlde Hollywood, where “beauty and darkness lay side-by-side.”

Listen to U&ME below, and go pre-order The Dream on CD, black vinyl, clear vinyl, and transparent violet vinyl at JB right now.

Read our interview with Alt-J, all about the ins and outs of their previous LP RELAXER (2017).

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