It's been four years, but alt-J has finally broken their silence.
The British trio returned Wednesday with their new song "U&ME," the first from their upcoming fourth album, The Dream, which will be released Feb. 11 via Canvasback / Infectious Music, resembling something of a pre-Spotify promo cycle of several months leading up to the record's eventual release.
The band teased their return earlier this month when they suddenly updated their social media accounts and then confirmed the new song, which is their first since 2017's Relaxer. The track is accompanied by a video directed by band member Gus Unger-Hamilton’s brother Prosper Unger-Hamilton.
"U&ME" has actually been several years in the making, written over the space of various soundchecks around the world, then perfected when they returned to London after their last tour.
"It gathered momentum on its own, it was best to just get out of its way," says singer Joe Newman. "We were just there.”
The album itself is said to have been created "after a year of reflection and recharge" following the Relaxer tour. In addition to the new music, alt-J has confirmed a tour early next year alongside Portugal. The Man. Sir Chloe and Cherry Glazerr will be supporting select dates.
Watch the video for "U&ME" below.