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alt-J Return With New Track & Video “U&ME” + Announce New Album “The Dream” Out February 11th 2022

September 23, 2021
Rosie Matheson




alt-J have announced their eagerly-awaited fourth album The Dream, set for release February 11, 2022, via Canvasback / Infectious Music. The band’s revelatory new single “U&ME” is out now and accompanied by a music video.

U&ME” is produced by long-time collaborator Charlie Andrew and is the band’s first new music since their acclaimed third album RELAXER, released in 2017.  Directed by band member Gus Unger-Hamilton’s brother, Prosper Unger-Hamilton, the video for “U&ME” is the first to feature the full band. It’s an evocative video that recalls summer memories and was inspired by Newman’s experiences at a festival in Melbourne. 

alt-J return to form with their flawless new single. Building, sculpting, and maintaining this immersive vibe within their outlook which showcases their experimental traits and distinct combination of vocal harmonies. As the exploration engulfs the audience, the music embraces more angular attributes, fierce lashes of this forceful tone amongst the vibrant layers of percussive elements. Within the lyrics and the complex harmonies that relay the words, a real appreciation to intimacy and life shines amongst the verse, alt-J capture life within their vision.

This outfit has been sorely missed, with the new single alt-J prove the wait was worth it.

THE DREAM is an album where true crime inspired stories and tales of Hollywood and the Chateau Marmont rub shoulders with some of the band’s more personal moments to date. Both beauty and darkness lay side-by-side, often seamlessly merging on the same track, a purposeful choice that pays dividends across the record. The band’s dazzling instrumentation has matured; there are still far out moments, but now they are deployed with an artful precision.

The album will be available on CD and 180g vinyl as well as various limited colour vinyl formats. There will also be a limited-edition hardback book CD that reproduces the notebook Joe Newman used to write THE DREAM featuring his original handwritten lyrics and drawings. The official artist store also includes merchandise bundles with signed print and exclusive cassette and vinyl formats.

THE DREAM is an album of intrigue, beauty, and humanity – a coalescence of everything that has made alt-J a global band with true staying power. The album was created after a period of rest for the band following their seismic world tour in support of previous record RELAXER. It is a record with the sound of a band growing as songwriters and storytellers.

U&ME is a case in point; it is arguably the band’s most beautiful and honest song to date, unfurling gracefully with new elements being subtly folded into the mix until a euphoric breakdown cracks through the middle. Lead vocalist Newman moves between blissful euphoria and artful restraint, telling a love story through snapshot memories, as the song channels the band’s unparalleled experimentation into a song that is underpinned with a raw sense of joy.

The track was written during various soundchecks across the globe, and when the band got back to London and heard the recordings, they knew it was one of their most dynamic songs to date. Speaking on the process, Joe Newman says, “It gathered momentum on its own, it was best to just get out of its way; we were just there”.

Elaborating on the meaning of U&ME, Gus Unger-Hamilton adds, “It’s 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”.

Alongside this the band have announced the first leg of their world tour with their most extensive run of North American dates, which will see them play at arenas across the United States and Canada in 2022.

alt-J 2022 North American Tour With Portugal. The Man

with special guest Sir Chloe 2/25-3/20

with special guest Cherry Glazerr 3/23-4/17 

February 25, 2022 – Pittsburgh PA – Petersen Events Center

February 26, 2022 – Washington DC – The Anthem

March 1, 2022 – Nashville TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium

March 2, 2022 – Atlanta GA – State Farm Arena 

March 4, 2022 – Tampa FL – Yuengling Center

March 5, 2022 – Hollywood FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood

March 6, 2022 – Orlando FL – Orlando Amphitheater

March 9, 2022 – Dallas TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum

March 12, 2022 – Austin TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater

March 13, 2022 – Houston TX – White Oak Music Hall

March 15, 2022 – St Louis MO – Chaifetz Arena

March 16, 2022 – Detroit MI – Masonic Temple Detroit

March 19, 2022 – Chicago IL – Credit Union 1 Arena

March 20, 2022 – Minneapolis MN – The Armory

March 23, 2022 – Denver CO – 1STBANK Center

March 25, 2022 – San Diego CA – Pechanga Arena San Diego

March 26, 2022 – Santa Barbara CA – Santa Barbara Bowl

March 27, 2022 – Los Angeles CA – STAPLES Center

March 29, 2022 – Seattle WA – WAMU Theatre

March 30, 2022 – Vancouver BC – Pacific Coliseum

April 1, 2022 – San Francisco CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

April 3, 2022 – Las Vegas NV – The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

April 5, 2022 – Salt Lake City UT – UCCU Center

April 7, 2022 – Kansas City MO – Cable Dahmer Arena

April 8, 2022 – Cincinnati OH – PromoWest Pavillion at Ovation

April 9, 2022 – Columbus OH – Schottenstein Center

April 11, 2022 – New York NY – Madison Square Garden

April 13, 2022 – Philadelphia PA – TD Pavilion at the Mann

April 14, 2022 – Boston MA – Agganis Arena

April 15, 2022 – Montreal QC – Place Bell

April 17, 2022 – Toronto ON – Coca-Cola Coliseum

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