When asked in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the famously opinionated Liam Gallagher (formerly of Brit Rock stars Oasis) said this about music he was digging lately: “Do you know that track by alt-J, ‘Left Hand Free’? That is a great track. But alt-J can fuck right off as far as I’m concerned. It’s a great tune, and I paid 79 pence for it, but I am in no way a fan of alt-J.” Why doesn’t he like his fellow Britons? “I don’t know. One of them’s got a mustache, and that’s unacceptable.”Gallagher’s ever-curious logic aside, he’s right about one thing — “Left Hand Free,” from alt-J’s second album, 2014’s This Is All Yours, is a great track. It’s also perhaps no coincidence that it’s the most straightforwardly rocking song on an album full of atmospheric oddities. The very next song, “Garden of England,” with its spare flute and birds chirping, sounds like something Gallagher might says was concocted by a bunch of arty “wussies.” Read more about alt-J in this week's Sound Advice.
See alt-J with San Fermin Monday at Riverbend's PNC Pavilion. More info/tickets: riverbend.org .