alt-J possesses a magical sound, one that comes through recorded and live shows. There’s a quality of dreamlike states in their songs, and just last year the award-winning British quartet followed up its first album, 2012’s An Awesome Wave, with This Is All Yours. Each album evidenced alt-J’s gorgeous song-writing ability.
An increasing fan base bumped the band from smaller Seattle venue, the Crocodile (where alt-J had their first show here), to mid-sized, the Paramount (second), to the very large KeyArena. Elegant performers, with nuanced, and dare I say it, romantic feeling music, alt-J gripped the audience. After seeing them at a variety of venue sizes, I now know that they can make a huge venue unexpectedly intimate. And they’re scary great musicians. My seat was nearest drummer Thom Green, who awesomely controlled the vertical and the horizontal (hey, don’t know The Outer Limits? Look it up).
As I put together a list of the songs I especially loved at the show, I found I loved them all. Rather than listing every single one, I can say this: alt-J knows which songs their fans like the most. That seems to be all of them, although the very best crowd reaction went to the splendid Indian-influenced “Taro.”