3WW by alt-J

Friday, 12 May, 2017

First thing, the band’s name. It’s alt-J, which is stylized as ∆. The band was formed in 2007 in Leeds by Gwil Sainsbury, Joe Newman, Thom Green and Gus Unger-Hamilton. Their symbol is delta ∆, a letter used in scientific study to indicate “change” or “difference”. On some Apple Mac keyboards, it can be typed using the sequence Alt+J. There is no Windows code for delta, but the HTML entity ∆ creates it on webpages.

In March, Alt-J began teasing their third studio album, Relaxer, on social media with a clip captioned “00110011 01110111 01110111”, which translates into “3WW”. It’s a meditative, mystical piece with hints of English folk and echoes of The End by the Doors. The chorus concludes with the plea, “I just want to love you in my own language.”

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