alt-J have announced their eagerly-awaited fourth album The Dream, alongside their revelatory new single ‘U&ME’, which is out now.
The Mercury Prize-winning, multiple GRAMMY and BRIT Award-nominated band’s latest record is set for release on February 11, 2022 via Infectious Music/BMG. ‘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’ brother, Prosper Unger-Hamilton, the video for ‘U&ME’ is the first to feature the full band. It’s an evocative video that recalls treasured memories and captures the band in full flow during long summer days.
Listen to ‘U&ME’ by alt-J on the Shoot Music New Releases Playlist on Spotify.
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.
‘U&ME’ was written during various soundchecks across the globe, when the band got back to London and heard the recordings they knew it was one of their most dynamic recordings to date. Speaking on the process, Joe Newman says, “It gathered momentum on it’s own, it was best to just get out of its way. We were just there.”
Elaborating on the meaning of the track, Gus Unger-Hamilton says, “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 ever North American tour which will see them play at arenas across the United States and Canada in 2022.