alt-J



alt-J

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Active
2007
Born
November 30, -0001 in Leeds
Location
Leeds, United Kingdom
A.K.A.
Biography
The English rock group Δ (spoken out loud as “alt J”) came together in 2007 in Leeds, England. Its members are Joe Newman, Thom Green, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Cameron Knight. Their debut album, An Awesome Wave, won the British Mercury Prize in 2012. The group’s second album, This Is All Yours (2014), reached the top spot on the UK album charts. This Is All Yours included the singles “Every Other Freckle,” “Left Hand Free” and “Hunger of the Pine.” The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.
9 months ago
Either he is comparing a relationship to using heroin or he's just talking about heroin. Take it either way, but the first is easier to explain.
"Your sting red full stops my skin
Dotted, scratch, scratch
Now I'm bleeding"
In my interpretation, this is in reference to dots of blood where needles stabbed, and scratching from the itchy effects of heroin that many users experience.
"Legions upon legions of craftsmen handmade my feelings"
Could be talking about the "heroin cooks" that handmade the substance which is contributing to what he's feeling--this is where it's tricky to compare it to a relationship.
"For you"
Here, is where I speculated that he could be talking about another person--comparing them to the addictive nature of heroin, or it could just be a love song about the drug.
"There's bears in the woods and they're out to get me...
I'm safe from harm if I stay in the chalet."
Heroin is not a hallucinagen, but anxiety is a withdrawal symptom. If he "stays in the chalet"--or keeps using--he'll be safe from harm--or from anxiety. This could be paralleled to anxiety of losing a person he's in a relationship with.
"Hold me tight, and I'll sink in
I'm absorbed in your thinking."
This could be a romanticized crooning to his drug of choice, or just to the person in his relationship.
Keep in mind, this is an interpretation and the notion that Alt-j's frontman could be singing about heroin or even another person could be completely off. Also, one doesn't need to have ever used heroin to write a song about it and thus no one can make any implications or judgements about the frontman of Alt-j as to whether or not he has ever used heroin.
Sources: WebMD, and watching too much Breaking Bad

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Albums, Releases & Mixtapes


RELAXER

RELAXER

alt-J June 2, 2017

8 Tracks

Live at Red Rocks

Live at Red Rocks

alt-J April 16, 2016

8 Tracks

This Is All Yours

This Is All Yours

alt-J September 22, 2014

13 Tracks

This Is All Yours

This Is All Yours

alt-J September 22, 2014

14 Tracks

This Is All Yours

This Is All Yours

alt-J September 22, 2014

14 Tracks

Summer Remix

Summer Remix

alt-J November 25, 2013

6 Tracks

An Awesome Wave

An Awesome Wave

alt-J October 19, 2012

44 Tracks

An Awesome Wave

An Awesome Wave

alt-J September 18, 2012

13 Tracks

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

alt-J September 30, 2011

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