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alt-J Share New Track “Get Better” With New Music Video

November 4, 2021
Rosie Matheson





The Mercury Prize-winning band alt-J have shared their new track “Get Better,” the second glimpse into their forthcoming album The Dream, set for release on February 11, 2022 via Canvasback/Atlantic.

Building, sculpting, and maintaining this immersive vibe within their outlook which showcases their experimental traits and distinct combination of vocal harmonies. alt-J fall back to their creation of alluring atmospheres’ taken from minimalist textures and a pure organic influence. The new ensemble is enriched with such sensitivity, compassion, and real emotions.

The excitement for this forthcoming album is at an all-time high.

 “Get Better” is the stirring centerpiece of The Dream, and one the band’s most emotionally resonant songs to-date. alt-J peel away the dense layers of sound that they are known for, leaving lead singer Joe Newman’s vocal next to a plaintive solo guitar and harmonies from bandmate Gus Unger-Hamilton. 

The single arrives alongside an animated music video, made by Hamburg-based award-winning pixel artist Stefanie Grunwald. Since 2016, Grunwald has quickly gained recognition for her detailed nighttime animations, which caught the eye of Newman and led to the collaboration. Going deeper into the process of creating the track, Newman says, “‘Get Better’ is the union of two songs. The first was an improvised song I sang in 2018 to my partner. 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.” 

On describing the experience of first hearing the demo, Newman’s bandmate Unger-Hamilton said, “when Joe first played it to me I didn’t just get a bit tearful, I broke down. A big, big cry. A cry of the year.”  ​​

The band have also announced a charity contest to win a Larrivee P-05 guitar, the same model of guitar that Newman wrote most of The Dream on and used in the recording of “Get Better,” which he has inscribed with handwritten lyrics from the track. All proceeds from the contest 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. To enter the contest, fans can head here.  

Speaking about the band’s partnership with Plan International, Newman says, “After becoming a father a friend told me about the charity Plan International. My partner and I strive for our daughter to be happy, safe, loved, and reassured every moment of every day.” “To know there are countless children that don’t have the care and support from parents, communities, and governments is heartbreaking. Plan International are doing incredible work throughout the world transforming children’s lives, making sure they have access to the education, health care, clean water, and future opportunities they need to thrive.”

“Get Better” follows “U&ME”, the band’s first release since their third album RELAXER, released in 2017. The band announced the North American leg of their 2022 world tour which will see them play at venues across the United States and Canada in 2022. For full routing, visit:  

To support the new album, the band will embark on an extensive tour of North America, starting in February 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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