Breezeblocks (song)

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"Breezeblocks"
Single by alt-J
from the album An Awesome Wave
Released 18 May 2012
Format digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Indie rock, art rock, experimental rock
Length 3:47
Label Infectious
Writer(s) Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton, Gwilym Sainsbury, Thom Green
Producer(s) Charlie Andrew
alt-J singles chronology
"Matilda"
(2012)
"Breezeblocks"
(2012)
"Tessellate"
(2012)

"Breezeblocks" is a song by British alternative indie rock quartet alt-J from their debut studio album An Awesome Wave (2012). The song was released on 18 May 2012 as the album's second single. The song was written by Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton, Gwilym Sainsbury, Thom Green, Murad Merali and produced by Charlie Andrew.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Ellis Bahl and starring actors Jonathan Dwyer, Jessica DiGiovanni, and Eleanor Pienta, it is the band's first official music video and was created to accompany the release of the song. The video features a violent fight in a darkened apartment between a male and a female character shown in reverse, beginning with the death of the female character at the hands of the male character, who bludgeons her with a breeze block (a reference to the single's title). As the fight progresses backwards, it is revealed that the female character is the aggressor in the fight, having ambushed the male character by restricting and concealing a second female character, implied as being his wife, in a place where he would be distracted with her while she crept up on him with a knife. The video aired for the first time on YouTube on 23 March 2012.[1] The video won a UK Music Video Award (UKMVA) for "Best Alternative Video" on 8 November 2012.

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. Breezeblocks - 3:47
  2. Tom Vek's Remix - 3:59
Digital download - Single[2]
  1. Breezeblocks - 3:47
Digital download - Remixes[3]
  1. Breezeblocks - 3:47
  2. Tom Vek's Remix - 5:18
  3. B-Ju Remix - 3:59
  4. Rockdaworld Remix - 4:41

Credits and personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Radio and release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 18 May 2012 Digital download - Single[2] Infectious Music
Digital download - Remixes[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ alt-J (∆) Breezeblocks. YouTube
  2. ^ a b iTunes - Music - Breezeblocks - Single by Alt-J (∆)
  3. ^ a b iTunes - Music - Breezeblocks (Remixes) - EP by Alt-J (∆)
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Alt-J – Breezeblocks". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Alt-J: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Archive Chart: 2012-06-02" UK Indie Chart. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Alt-J Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Alt-J. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Alt-J – Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rock Airplay". Billboard. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ "Alt-J Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for Alt-J. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Alternative Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 

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