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Alt-J
"Pleader"
6 mins 33s
16 November 2017
UK Promos

Alt-J's promos are ambitious and clever, and this promo for album closer 'Pleader' continues the trend.

Made by celebrated director Isiah Seret, it interweaves the song's central theme - a revisiting of Richard Llewellyn's novel 'How Green Was My Valley' - with elements of the supernatural and the dread of impending war.

There's a surreal quality to it which captivates and draws us in. Are the decisions in this tiny Welsh mining community reached via superstition or past experience? Is the evidence of telekinesis in the unborn child a sign of power for good, or of malevolence?

John Lynch's cinematography (and Simone Grattarola's grading) is beautiful, and the way the apocalyptic explosion is realised halfway through is stunning. We don't know the nature of the plummeting arc of fire - possibly a missile, possibly a punishment from the heavens - but it destroys the village with a violence that invokes Pompeii.

One viewing isn't enough. At the end, we are aware there have been cues along the way which we haven't properly registered, and that we need to watch again to better comprehend the narrative.

This crypticness enriches the film. We're used to being spoonfed the meaning of things these days; so it's a pleasure to watch something complex and multilayered, requiring time and effort to reveal its depths.

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Alt-J
"Pleader"
6 mins 33s
16 Nov 2017
Alt-J's promos are ambitious and clever, and this promo for album closer 'Pleader' continues the trend. Made by celebrated director Isiah Seret, it interweaves the song's central theme - a revisiting of Richard Llewellyn's novel 'How Green Was My Valley' - with elements of the supernatural and the dread of impending war.

Alt-J
"Deadcrush"
4 mins 58s
14 Jul 2017
For those wary of Love Island, Alt-J offer a hypnotic spin on celebrity dating. The title of their latest track is, well, a dead giveaway. The Leeds trio ask which late personality we’d like to date. Their picks? Sylvia Plath, Anne Boleyn, and Surrealist photographer Lee Miller. Call it romance for the ages. Pulse’s Young Replicant set this cultural resurrection in an ominous bunker.

Alt-J
"3WW"
6 mins 35s
21 Apr 2017
Alt-J's debut track from their third album 'Relaxer' comes with a strange and unsettling promo by Young Replicant. Telling a tale of forbidden love in rural Mexico where fate manifests itself as a bolt from the blue, the clip feels more like a short film that's scored by Alt-J than a visual complement to the song... in a good way.

Alt-J
"Every Other Freckle"
3 mins 36s
10 Sep 2014
Alt-J's new album promises to be a stunner if the three releases so far are anything to go by. This latest comes with not one but two terrific promos: a dedicated 'boy' version and a dedication 'girl' version. We've gone with 'girl', but if you want to see the other, click on the boy version and decide for yourself which you prefer.

Alt-J
"Matilda"
4 mins 53s
2 Jan 2013
This acoustic rendition of Matilda has a tender, intimate quality that simply isn’t present on the album version. Filmed in one shot, the camera moves slowly among them in close-up as they play and demonstrates the stark contrast between bands that have learned their craft as they’ve grown and bands which have been assembled on the pop factory line.

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