Alt-J – Relaxer
15 June 2017 New Releases
Relaxer is the third studio album by English indie rock band alt-J, released on 2 June 2017.
The band recorded Relaxer in London with producer Charlie Andrew, who also produced alt-J’s first two albums. It includes songs composed entirely during the album’s recording and songs dating back to the band’s formative years at the University of Leeds. Six of the album’s eight tracks feature strings arranged by alt-J and performed by the London Metropolitan Orchestra. “House of the Rising Sun” is a rearrangement of the traditional folk tune with additional verses from the band. “3WW” and “Deadcrush” feature guest vocals from Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice and “Last Year” features guest vocals from Marika Hackman, who sang on alt-J’s previous album.
On 3 March 2017, alt-J uploaded a one-minute video to social media containing new music and what was reported to be footage from the video game LSD. The video was tagged with the title “00110011 01110111 01110111”, which is binary code code for “3ww”. On 6 March 2017, Relaxer was announced with a 9 June 2017 release date and its first single “3WW” was released with an accompanying visualizer video similar to LSD.
The album art and other promotional art for Relaxer is taken from a video game made specifically for the band by Japanese artist Osamu Sato. It was inspired by Sato’s 1998 PlayStation video game, LSD, and was made available to play on the band’s website.