Tessellate (song)

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"Tessellate"
Tessellate.jpg
Single by Alt-J
from the album An Awesome Wave
Released13 July 2012
FormatDigital download
Recorded2011
Genre
Length3:02
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Joe Newman
  • Gus Unger-Hamilton
  • Gwilym Sainsbury
  • Thom Green
Producer(s)Charlie Andrew
Alt-J singles chronology
"Breezeblocks"
(2012)
"Tessellate"
(2012)
"Something Good"
(2012)

"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.

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Tessellate" was first released on YouTube on 9 July 2012.[1] The video was directed by Ben Newbury[2] 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). To reinforce the connection, one of the characters at the very beginning of the clip is wearing a printed T-shirt of the painting.

Covers[edit]

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.[3] English indie folk band Mumford & Sons also covered the song on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on 25 September 2012;[4] their version was included on the compilation album BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge 2013.

Media usage[edit]

The song is used as the opening theme song to the anime series Ingress.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[6]
No.TitleLength
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]

Charts[edit]

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 13 July 2012[6] Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ alt-J - Tessellate [OFFICIAL VIDEO. YouTube
  2. ^ Agent's website director file on blackdogfilms.com Archived 15 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Corner, Lewis (5 July 2013). "Ellie Goulding confirms repackaged album 'Halcyon Days'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Mumford and Sons cover Alt-J's 'Tessellate' – listen". NME. Time Inc. UK. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  5. ^ Ressler, Karen (September 26, 2018). "English Rock Band Alt-J Performs Theme Song for Ingress Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  6. ^ a b iTunes - Music - Tessellate (Remixes) - EP by Alt-J (∆)
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Alt-J – Tessellate" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  8. ^ "alt-J Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  9. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "CHART: CLUK Update 28.07.2012 (wk29)". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  11. ^ "alt-J Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  12. ^ "alt-J Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  13. ^ "alt-J Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2014.