I first heard “Nara” by alt-J at an intimate penthouse performance they played for ALT 98.7, and absolutely lost my shit. It was amazing hearing the song live and up close for the first time. I couldn’t wait to hear the studio version, and again lost my shit hearing the first three songs on This Is All Yours, one of my favorite albums of 2014.
Typically bands play three to four songs, but alt-J planned on eight songs, and at the last minute, added a ninth song, “Nara.” I saw them play it at The Greek Theatre and again at the Life is Beautiful Festival in Vegas, and it gets me every time.
It’s one of my favorite songs by them (along with “Taro”), and one of my favorite songs of 2014.