alt-J have shared another cut from their forthcoming new album, and have confirmed plans for a series of UK and Ireland shows next year.
The band, who are gearing up to release their new album ‘The Dream’ early next year, have shared a second track from the record, ‘Get Better’.
Speaking of the track in a press release, the band’s Joe Newman has said: “‘Get Better’ is the union of two songs. The first was an improvised song I sang in 2018 to my partner who was suffering from period pain. To her I sang ‘Get better my Darcy, I know you can’. She filmed it and I kept revisiting the fragment with a plan to write more. The second was a chord structure I worked on in lockdown that focused on someone living through a bereavement. I felt a nervous heat when writing ‘Get Better’. The context of the Coronavirus pandemic lent my words a chilling weight and gave me a new sense of responsibility as a lyricist. Whilst the direct events described are fictional, I believe - or I hope - that it’s emotionally the most honest song I’ve written.”
The track follows on from ‘U&ME’, which was shared back in September. ‘The Dream’ is set for release on 11th February via Infectious Music/BMG.
The band’s newly-announced 2022 shows are as follows - tickets will go on general sale on 12th November at 9am.
07 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowland Ballroom
09 Leeds, England - O2 Academy Leeds
13 Manchester, England - O2 Apollo
18 London, England - O2 Academy Brixton
22 Dublin, Republic of Ireland - Olympia Theatre
25 Belfast, Northern Ireland - The Telegraph Building
27 Birmingham, England - O2 Academy Birmingham
Watch the animated video for ‘Get Better’ - as made by Hamburg-based award-winning pixel artist Stefanie Grunwald - below.
The band have also announced a prize draw to win a Larrivee P-05 guitar - the same model of guitar used by Joe throughout ‘The Dream”s writing process, which has been inscribed with handwritten lyrics from ‘Get Better’.
All proceeds from the draw will go to Plan International – a global children’s charity working in over 50 countries to create lasting equality for girls and protect the rights of all children. Fans can enter the prize draw here.