Breezeblocks (song)

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Single by alt-J
from the album An Awesome Wave
Released 18 May 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Length 3:47
Label Infectious
  • Joe Newman
  • Gus Unger-Hamilton
  • Gwilym Sainsbury
  • Thom Green
Producer(s) Charlie Andrew
alt-J singles chronology

"Breezeblocks" is a song by British indie rock band 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. It reached the top ten in the UK Indie and US Alternative charts, and was voted into third place in Australian radio station Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2012, behind "Thrift Shop" and "Little Talks".


The song contains multiple references to the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. Newman sings, "Do you know where the wild things go?" In addition, the repeated refrain at the end of the song is a modified version of a portion of the book. Breezeblocks' lyrics are "Please don’t go, I’ll eat you whole / I love you so". Maurice Sendak's words are "Oh, please don't go — we'll eat you up — we love you so!".[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video was created to accompany the release of the song. Directed by Ellis Bahl and starring actors Jonathan Dwyer, Jessica DiGiovanni, and Eleanor Pienta, it is the band's first official music video.

The video features a violent fight in an 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. As the fight progresses backwards, it is revealed that the female character is the aggressor in the fight, having ambushed the male character as he returned home to discover his presumptive wife bound and gagged.

The video aired for the first time on YouTube on 23 March 2012. As of June 2016, it has over 100 million views.[2] The video won at the UK Music Video Awards 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[3]
  1. "Breezeblocks" – 3:47
Digital download – remixes[4]
  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]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Gold 35,000^
Italy (FIMI)[15] Gold 15,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Radio and release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 18 May 2012 Digital download – single[3] Infectious
Digital download – remixes[4]


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  2. ^ alt-J (∆) Breezeblocks. YouTube
  3. ^ a b iTunes - Music - Breezeblocks - Single by Alt-J (∆)
  4. ^ a b iTunes - Music - Breezeblocks (Remixes) - EP by Alt-J (∆)
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  12. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Alternative Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Italian single certifications – Alt-J – Breezeblocks" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved June 12, 2017.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Alt-J in the field Filtra. Select 2017 in the field Anno. The certification will load automatically
  16. ^ "British single certifications – Alt-J – Breezeblocks". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 1, 2016.  Enter Breezeblocks in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Alt-J – Breezeblocks". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2 March 2017.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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