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Alt-J — Taro
Album: An Awesome Wave
Avg rating:
7.7

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Total ratings: 2143









Released: 2012
Length: 5:01
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Indochina, Capa jumps Jeep, two feet creep up the road
To photo, to record meat lumps and war,
They advance as does his chance - very yellow white flash.
A violent wrench grips mass, rips light, tears limbs like rags,
Burst so high finally Capa lands,
Mine is a watery pit. Painless with immense distance
From medic from colleague, friend, enemy, foe, him five yards from his leg,
From you Taro.
Do not spray into eyes - I have sprayed you into my eyes.
3:10 pm, Capa pends death, quivers, last rattles, last chokes
All colours and cares glaze to grey, shrivelled and stricken to dots,
Left hand grasps what the body grasps not - le photographe est mort.
3.1415, alive no longer my amour, faded for home May of '54
Doors open like arms my love, Painless with a great closeness
To Capa, to Capa Capa dark after nothing, re-united with his leg and with you, Taro.
Do not spray into eyes - I have sprayed you into my eyes.
Hey Taro!
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 birdman42 wrote:
I listen at work. This is one of those songs that grabs me after a few bars and makes me wish there was a rewind feature so I could go back and listen to the whole thing. Just--wow.
 
A 10 for me as well, and thank goodness for RP. Try listening to the FLAC stream with JRiver Media Center, and you can rewind.
 birdman42 wrote:
I listen at work. This is one of those songs that grabs me after a few bars and makes me wish there was a rewind feature so I could go back and listen to the whole thing. Just--wow.
 
Buy the album and listen to it on some good headphones, maybe wile sipping a dram of brown liquor (or after a nice toke.)  These guys put some serious work into their music.  Hoping for a new album soon.
Love Love Love this Song.
The sad story behind it makes it all that much More.

Solid 10.
Always.
Interesting
still diggin it in 2019
Still horrible after all these years.
 birdman42 wrote:
I listen at work. This is one of those songs that grabs me after a few bars and makes me wish there was a rewind feature so I could go back and listen to the whole thing. Just--wow.
 
I'm getting to the 'wow' level, slower on this one than other Alt-J tracks; still 7 to 8 today...and always, Long Live RP!!
Love it!
I listen at work. This is one of those songs that grabs me after a few bars and makes me wish there was a rewind feature so I could go back and listen to the whole thing. Just--wow.
 the_jake wrote:

Got the same reaction from my PC as their music gives me.
 
Only works on Macs.  For us mere mortals without access to highfalutin' IT equipment, it makes a triangle.  It's referred to in 'Tessellate'
 zepher wrote:


∆ - Triangle 
 

Delta, used mathematically to indicate a difference. I use ∆E2000 a lot :-)
Very creative, and again, these guys have such a knack for building a song from nothing.
 mcullers wrote:
Anyone else press ALT+J on their keyboard just to see what happens?
 

∆ - Triangle 
 mcullers wrote:
Anyone else press ALT+J on their keyboard just to see what happens?
 
Got the same reaction from my PC as their music gives me.
Ring a dingy a dingy a ding ding do

Who Agrees? 
Saw them live at London's O2 Arena. They are class in every respect. The support ban, Blaenavon weren't half bad either.

Great to hear a truly original sound these days.
This just doesn't get old for me... I've used this song to introduce the awesomeness that is Alt-J to quite a few friends with really good results.
Sounds better after several beatings... :)
7 >> 8...
Saw them in concert a couple months ago.   BLAZING light show pointed directly at the audience and the band played in total darkness. Decent concert once my retinas were burned out. WARNING if you go - Bring shades!{#Cool}
nice morning music!
OMG, but this video for the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3fTw_D3l10

Gut-wrenching, somehow!

terrible pain in my ear right now
couldn't agree more !  utterly, completely.....horrible
Jesus Christ, what the fuck is this obscene noise?
 Geecheeboy wrote:
Interesting sound, but I keep hearing Adam Sandler singing. "Turkey for me, turkey for you."

 
the singers in these  alt indie etc bands all sound like heroin addicts with that baby mumble
 Kaisersosay wrote:

Its 2 years and 3 months,,,,,is this far enough?

 
Ha! Ha! Maybe I was being a little too exuberant. Part of their limited appeal may he their rather uninspired live show (at least in my opinion) and a failure to follow up this song with anything nearly as good. 
 Sasha2001 wrote:
We'll all be listening to this song far into the future. Hopefully all of us, anyway.
 
Its 2 years and 3 months,,,,,is this far enough?
I had wooden dolls, OK. and expecting vamipires
to stick to  laminate,
Wonderful! Many many thanks once more to Radioparadise for introducing fine music to me.
 kcar wrote:

That was an amazing article. Thank you! 

 
I'll second that thanks - it really helps with understanding the song, and improves my appreciation of it.
{#Music}
 twoplain2sea wrote:
             
Taro makes me aware of the road I'm travelling.
 Luckily. The road triggers something else.

 
yep
             
Taro makes me aware of the road I'm travelling.
 Luckily. The road triggers something else.
urg
Taro ...

Taro Root 
After becoming addicted to this song and appriciating the originality that is Alt-J, I got to see them live last week.   

What a show!!, all elements were suprisingly original.   This tune; a moment in my life I will remember for a long time, Thankyou Alt-J and thankyou RP for introducing me to them.  

Upping from a 9 to a big fat10 as there are times when Id prefer to listen to this rather than Comfortably Numb.
https://goo.gl/GtU2B6

 Geecheeboy wrote:
Interesting sound, but I keep hearing A**m Sa****r singing. "Turkey for me, turkey for you."

 
Can't there just be one day without having to see that vile hack's name or face?
Alt - j it's best I ever heard
 Geecheeboy wrote:
Interesting sound, but I keep hearing Adam Sandler singing. "Turkey for me, turkey for you."

 
Why?  Why would you do that to me?  I cannot unhear now. 
Interesting sound, but I keep hearing Adam Sandler singing. "Turkey for me, turkey for you."
rinki-dinki-dinki-dink-dink-dink
This morning I woke up with this song in my head. I played it at work, but it's nice to hear it again. And I think this first album is better than Alt-J's latest, although "Every Other Freckle" is a 9 for me. 

I'm just all about ∆ these days. 
 ziggytrix wrote:

He's singing about war photojournalists Robert Capo and Gerda Taro.  https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/may/13/robert-capa-gerda-taro-relationship Read that then reread those lyrics.  Might defog them a bit?

 
That was an amazing article. Thank you! 
Very pleasant sounding grisly subject matter.
nicely done.. {#Angel}
 fredriley wrote:

Thanks for posting that - I was generating all sorts of mondegreens in my brains. Even seeing the lyrics I've not the foggiest idea what yer man's on about, but if he's singing cobblers at least he's singing it well and quirkly.

 
He's singing about war photojournalists Robert Capo and Gerda Taro.  https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/may/13/robert-capa-gerda-taro-relationship Read that then reread those lyrics.  Might defog them a bit?
Such a beautiful song - and incredible live!
Kinda pretty.
Bloody Hipsters

:) 
 zepher wrote:


Good Video....



Perfection!
 


 jimmygee848 wrote:
Smashing band from Yorkshire !   Great sound.  Keep it up !!

 
God's Own County? Really? Well, slap me whippet wi' black puddin' and gimme a pint of Tetley's for t' shock, ye Tyke - I'd never have guessed it. 8 from t' Yorkshirephile Nottingham jury, 'appen.
 lattalo wrote:
Indochina, Capa jumps Jeep, two feet creep up the road
To photo, to record meat lumps and war
They advance as does his chance, very yellow white flash
A violent wrench grips mass, rips light, tears limbs like rags

Burst so high finally Capa lands
Mine is a watery pit Painless with immense distance
From medic from colleague, friend, enemy, foe
Him five yards from his leg, from you, Taro

Do not spray into eyes, I have sprayed you into my eyes
3:10 pm, Capa pends death, quivers, last rattles, last chokes
All colors and cares glaze to gray, shriveled and stricken to dots
Left hand grasps what the body grasps not, le photographe est mort

Three, point, one, four, one, five, alive no longer my amour, faded for home May of '54
Doors open like arms my love, painless with a great closeness
To Capa, to Capa, Capa dark after nothing, re-united with his leg
And with you, Taro

Do not spray into eyes, I have sprayed you into my eyes
Hey Taro


 
Thanks for posting that - I was generating all sorts of mondegreens in my brains. Even seeing the lyrics I've not the foggiest idea what yer man's on about, but if he's singing cobblers at least he's singing it well and quirkly.
Indochina, Capa jumps Jeep, two feet creep up the road
To photo, to record meat lumps and war
They advance as does his chance, very yellow white flash
A violent wrench grips mass, rips light, tears limbs like rags

Burst so high finally Capa lands
Mine is a watery pit Painless with immense distance
From medic from colleague, friend, enemy, foe
Him five yards from his leg, from you, Taro

Do not spray into eyes, I have sprayed you into my eyes
3:10 pm, Capa pends death, quivers, last rattles, last chokes
All colors and cares glaze to gray, shriveled and stricken to dots
Left hand grasps what the body grasps not, le photographe est mort

Three, point, one, four, one, five, alive no longer my amour, faded for home May of '54
Doors open like arms my love, painless with a great closeness
To Capa, to Capa, Capa dark after nothing, re-united with his leg
And with you, Taro

Do not spray into eyes, I have sprayed you into my eyes
Hey Taro

 zepher wrote:


Good Video....

 
This video absolutely beautiful!!!!!
 stunix wrote:
iiiiiiiiindo  ..... china ... bllublublblulublublublbulblublbublbulbulbublbubulbulbblubbulbubl very yellow white flash..lbulbulbublbubulbulb
AND 5 YARDS FROM HIS LEG blblulublublublbulblublbublbulbulbublbubulbulbble donotsprayintoeyesihavesprayedyouintomyeyes oooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 3.415 blbulblublbublbuloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolblublbublbulooooooooo donotsprayintoeyesihavesprayedyouintomyeyes.  hoohoohoohoohoohoohoohooho.ohoohoohooho.ohoohoohoohoohoohoohoohoo.


Lyrics courtesy of the wife.

 
Made my day.
We'll all be listening to this song far into the future. Hopefully all of us, anyway.
 You must have had your hearing aid tuned in to Radio Shit, moron. Open your mind !     richlister wrote:
How the hell, did this shit win any kind of award?

 


Smashing band from Yorkshire !   Great sound.  Keep it up !!
Agree. I've turned all my fellow employees at work on to RP. The best!
rporter wrote:

Bill - Play more of this and the great, interesting music that you play, day in and day out!  Expand our minds and our boundaries....



 


 richlister wrote:
How the hell, did this shit win any kind of award?
 
Which shit?
Hawaiian noises
 fatcatjb wrote:
I love the smell of Radio Paradise in the morning...
Bill, please stop this...I need to go to work 

 
Bill - Play more of this and the great, interesting music that you play, day in and day out!  Expand our minds and our boundaries....


 richlister wrote:
How the hell, did this shit win any kind of award?

 
I really like this music. I found that my appreciation for it was deepened greatly when I read the words (to this song in particular); perhaps that will help you?
How the hell, did this shit win any kind of award?
I love the smell of Radio Paradise in the morning...
Bill, please stop this...I need to go to work 
I thought this tune would become tedious for me over time. Quite the opposite. It is still growing into quite an ear worm. 

Lovely. 


Good Video....
 stunix wrote:
iiiiiiiiindo  ..... china ... bllublublblulublublublbulblublbublbulbulbublbubulbulbblubbulbubl very yellow white flash..lbulbulbublbubulbulb
AND 5 YARDS FROM HIS LEG blblulublublublbulblublbublbulbulbublbubulbulbble donotsprayintoeyesihavesprayedyouintomyeyes oooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 3.415 blbulblublbublbuloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolblublbublbulooooooooo donotsprayintoeyesihavesprayedyouintomyeyes.  hoohoohoohoohoohoohoohooho.ohoohoohooho.ohoohoohoohoohoohoohoohoo.


Lyrics courtesy of the wife.

 
LOL --- thanks for clearing that up
Sorry -- this sucks.  Enough with "woo-hoo" chorus
iiiiiiiiindo  ..... china ... bllublublblulublublublbulblublbublbulbulbublbubulbulbblubbulbubl very yellow white flash..lbulbulbublbubulbulb
AND 5 YARDS FROM HIS LEG blblulublublublbulblublbublbulbulbublbubulbulbble donotsprayintoeyesihavesprayedyouintomyeyes oooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 3.415 blbulblublbublbuloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolblublbublbulooooooooo donotsprayintoeyesihavesprayedyouintomyeyes.  hoohoohoohoohoohoohoohooho.ohoohoohooho.ohoohoohoohoohoohoohoohoo.


Lyrics courtesy of the wife.
Back to back, Alt-J and Other Lives may very well be the bands of this decade.
LOVE this band. The whole album is amazing, trust me!
this is amazing music. i don't know a thing about them.
Brilliant !   The  group shines here and I mean the entire group of talent: the vocals, strings, producer(s). Did I mention the writers :)
 
about war yah, sad words
I thought this was those crazy Icelanders who sing in a made up crazy language.
 LaurieinTucson wrote:

And what coast is pictured here?



 
Ganges River delta in Bangladesh - its a European Space Agency photo from over Bay of Bengal  - iridescence from composite photos to assemble the image - amazing image and amazing song


And what coast is pictured here?


Bill G--There is not enough of you on this site. You give tidbits about the music, but not enough. I also miss your studiocam. You're the best. --Laurie in Tucson
I don't understand what they are saying.  I think it is intentional.  Doh'
Amazing song...and the whole album is just....just goosebumps
Genius
Ahh... what a relief from all that monstrous shouting...
 Stingray wrote:

Why is that eerie? Isn't hat daily business for America?

Just another war - eff it!



 
Lol
 Stingray wrote:

Why is that eerie? Isn't hat daily business for America?

Just another war - eff it!



 

Wars are a rich man's game..it's big business now.
 Utopia_Bold wrote:
This song is so eerie. About a war in Asia.

 

Why is that eerie? Isn't hat daily business for America?

Just another war - eff it!


This song is so eerie. About a war in Asia.
 jpfueler wrote:
yeah, everything about his singing style should be annoying as all get out ... but for whatever reason, I do not find it so.

 
I'm pretty sure I hated this song when I first heard it. The second time I heard it, I realized I actually loved it. Then I couldn't remember the artist so I've just been waiting patiently for RP to play it again.


Very sad and eerie about a war in Indo China. Especially the last part.
 hughtwg wrote:
Bumped to a 9

 
Just did the same...
Bumped to a 9
I'm not buying it...4
Remarkable album. Deltas rule.
Enjoying the song.

Question though - around when the Indian style music starts, there is another keyboard (I think) section in the background that really, really sounds familiar. I want to say it sounds like a Genesis song or something. 

Anyone know what I might be talking about? 
Beautiful. One of the best tracks from the album IMO. 
Like Crispin Glover speaking baby talk to a broken doll head.
yeah, everything about his singing style should be annoying as all get out ... but for whatever reason, I do not find it so.
 Jeffrey wrote:


Oh man.  That's all I hear now. "Be vewy vewy quiet"

 
Oh, for heaven's sake, now you've got me doing it.

But I really like this song. 
Seems like eveyday I have a new favorite song... Thanks RP for adding it to the list. Great album! Awesome videos too.

 Aaronosteo wrote:
Heard this being played in a Department store this week which means Alt-J are now officially mainstream. I still love their album though.

 

The word "mainstream" belongs to a Department Store - not to Alt-J.

This band will never be mainstream!

Is Portugal.The Man mainstream, just because CIA's Google uses their song?


Very close to 10!
gave it time, then got the album, well worth it.

Stunning, haunting, pleasurably and perversely painful song.

I love the delicate broken delivery on the second "do not spray..." 
 coffeeadikt wrote:

I do like the music but I totally hear him as Elmer Fudd going through an Emo/Gothic music phase.

It makes me laugh every time. Probably not the mood they're going for.

 

Oh man.  That's all I hear now. "Be vewy vewy quiet"
Love this song, quite unique,...specially in conjuction with this wondeful video, worth a watch:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3fTw_D3l10&feature=share
 MuzikLover wrote:

Thought of Adam Sandler immediately when this song started to play.

 
I do like the music but I totally hear him as Elmer Fudd going through an Emo/Gothic music phase.

It makes me laugh every time. Probably not the mood they're going for.
Heard this being played in a Department store this week which means Alt-J are now officially mainstream. I still love their album though.
The best I've heard in a long while! I love it {#Bananasplit}
I just love this song, so elegant, haunting, catchy and has this quiet strength. 
You know what?  These guys are really, really, good.
 snap_dragon wrote:

Capa and Taro: Together at Last - The Digital Journalist


DO NOT SPRAY INTO EYES ... I HAVE SPRAYED YOU INTO MY EYES.

 
I was following the lyrics and trying to make sense of them.  I knew it was a dark anti war song but didn't realize it was about a famous war photographer.  great link!
 MuzikLover wrote:

Thought of Adam Sandler immediately when this song started to play.

 

Or more precise, Devendra Banhart but then again that is pretty much the same thing.{#Lol}
Not sure I like the lyrics, but love the entire arrangement - fairly unique, lovely voice, world music kinda vibe.

Good! 
In all seriousness,,, i don't mind this 
Love the cover art!
Hey ,,,is this adam sandler?
 jbunniii wrote:
RP has played several impressive tracks from this album, and this is no exception. I should take the whole enchilada for a spin one of these days.

 
I think you'll enjoy it, its a pretty consistently good record. I do think this song is by far the best though.
I feel a Grammy coming on for these guys.   Why do the British create so much freakin' great music?
 
RP has played several impressive tracks from this album, and this is no exception. I should take the whole enchilada for a spin one of these days.