Whether you're a die-hard Alt-J fan or not, it's difficult not to raise an eyebrow every so often at Joe Newman's idiosyncratic vocals. Particularly in this performance of "Left Hand Free" at Glastonbury, Newman's drawl blurs the line between words, leaving us singing along to abstract sounds more than the lyrics themselves. Yet, we and the audience just can't seem to get enough.
Like most of their performances, the guys stay centered in one spot onstage, swaying gently with what they describe as "the least Alt-J song ever," (the song was written in a matter of minutes and mostly as a joke.) But the band's subdued vibe never stops the crowd from dancing, climbing on shoulders, and waving every kind of flag in the air, making up for the energy that Alt-J lacks. That's not to say the band doesn't appear to be enjoying themselves, however; behind a wide smile, Newman seems hypnotized by the crowd just as much as they are of him.
British viewers can watch the full hour-long set on BBC Music's iPlayer.
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Source: BBC YouTube Channel