Listen to Alt-J – “Buffalo”


The soundtrack for the upcoming film Silver Linings Playbook has a stunning mix with Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Alabama Shakes, Eagles of Death Metal, and Alt-J. The latter is a British art-rock band. The group of Literature and Fine Arts majors founded the band in 2007 at Leeds University. Holding jam sessions in their dorm rooms and all open hallucinogen enthusiasts, ∆ (pronounced Alt-J) consists of Gwil Sainsbury on bass guitar, Joe Newman for vocals and guitar, keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green keeps the tempo on drums. Their September debut, An Awesome Wave, recently beat out other talents such as Ben Howard, Django Django, Jessie Ware and many others to win the prestigious Mercury Prize, the annual award for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Art-rock can essentially translate to indie pop–these days. Whatever the case, the alternative group recently collaborated with Vermont folk trio Mountain Man on an intricate and lighthearted indie electronic track. The new song seems appropriate as background music for a romantic dramatic comedy. Delicate harmonies correspond to the plucking guitar for a unique hybrid genre sound with a warm aesthetic.

The band is playing a a two-set show on December 11th at the Bottom of the Hill. Tickets for the late show have already sold out, but the early show is expected to go on sale soon. The soundtrack will be publicly available on November 19th and the movie arrives in select theaters on November 21st. Check out the trailer below.