Tessellate (song)

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Single by Alt-J
from the album An Awesome Wave
Released 13 July 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Length 3:02
  • Joe Newman
  • Gus Unger-Hamilton
  • Gwilym Sainsbury
  • Thom Green
Producer(s) Charlie Andrew
Alt-J singles chronology
"Something Good"
"Something Good"

"Tessellate" is a song by English indie rock band alt-J from their debut studio album, An Awesome Wave (2012). The song was written by Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton, Gwilym Sainsbury and Thom Green and produced by Charlie Andrew. It was released on 13 July 2012 as the album's third single. "Tessellate" has been used on television series such as CSI: NY, Longmire, and Sons of Anarchy.

In 2013, "Tessellate" was covered by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding on the deluxe edition of Halcyon Days, the reissue of her second studio album, Halcyon.[1] English indie folk band Mumford & Sons also covered the song on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on 25 September 2012;[2] their version was included on the compilation album BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge 2013.

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Tessellate" was first released on YouTube on 9 July 2012.[3] The video was directed by Ben Newbury[4] and is an artistic reworking of the famous painting The School of Athens by Raphael, using 21st century characters in a room similar to the painting's background (Panthéon, in Paris).

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[5]
No. Title Length
1. "Tessellate" 3:02
2. "Tessellate" (Live At the Africa Centre) 4:26
3. "Tessellate" (Dam Mantle Remix) 6:17
4. "Tessellate" (Anstam Remix) 3:58
5. "Tessellate" (Marlais Remix) 3:53

Credits and personnel[edit]


Chart (2012–13) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[6] 74
Canada Rock (Billboard)[7] 46
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 120
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[9] 6
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[10] 43
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[11] 33
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[12] 19

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 13 July 2012[5] Digital download