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"Tessellate" is a song by British alternative indie pop quartet Alt-J (∆) from their debut studio album An Awesome Wave (2012). The song was released on 13 July 2012 as the album's third single. The song was written by Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton, Gwilym Sainsbury, Thom Green and produced by Charlie Andrew. It was covered by English dream pop singer Ellie Goulding, released on the deluxe edition of Halcyon Days, the re-issue of her second album Halcyon, released in 2013.

BackgroundEdit

Ellie Goulding's version was available in the deluxe versions of Halcyon Days and was placed as track no. 9.

"Tessellate" was featured on the show Longmire during a sequence of a Native American man riding a horse facing backwards, wearing a mask and crying about his sister's death. The song was also featured at the beginning of Sons of Anarchy season 6 episode 5.

LyricsEdit

Alt-J (∆) version

Bite chunks out of me
You're a shark and I'm swimming
My heart still thumps as I bleed
And all your friends come sniffing

Triangles are my favorite shape
Three points where two lines meet
Toe to toe, back to back, let's go, my love; it's very late
'Til morning comes, let's tessellate

Go alone my flower
And keep my whole lovely you
Wild green stones alone my lover
And keep us on my heart

Three guns and one goes off
One's empty, one's not quick enough
One burn, one red, one grin
Search the graves while the camera spins

Chunks of you will sink down to seals
Blubber rich in mourning, they'll nosh you up
Yes, they'll nosh the love away but it's fair to say
You will still haunt me

Triangles are my favorite shape
Three points where two lines meet
Toe to toe, back to back, let's go my love; it's very late
'Til morning comes, let's tessellate

Ellie Goulding version

Bite chunks out of me
You’re a shark and I’m swimming
My heart still thumps as I bleed
And all your friends come sniffing

Triangles are my favorite shape
Three points where two lines meet
Toe to toe, back to back, let’s go, my love; it’s very late
‘Til morning comes, let’s tessellate

Go alone my flower
And keep my whole lovely you
Wild green stones alone my lover
And keep us on my heart

Three guns and one goes off
One’s empty, one’s not quick enough
One burn, one red, one grin
Search the graves while the camera spins

Chunks of you will sink down to seals
Blubber rich in mourning, they’ll nosh you up
Yes, they’ll nosh the love away but it’s fair to say
You will still haunt me

Triangles are my favorite shape
Three points where two lines meet
Toe to toe, back to back, let’s go my love; it’s very late
‘Til morning comes, let’s tessellate Bite chunks out of me
You’re a shark and I’m swimming
My heart still thumps as I bleed
And all your friends come sniffing

Triangles are my favorite shape
Three points where two lines meet
Toe to toe, back to back, let’s go, my love; it’s very late
‘Til morning comes, let’s tessellate

Go alone my flower
And keep my whole lovely you
Wild green stones alone my lover
And keep us on my heart

Three guns and one goes off
One’s empty, one’s not quick enough
One burn, one red, one grin
Search the graves while the camera spins

Chunks of you will sink down to seals
Blubber rich in mourning, they’ll nosh you up
Yes, they’ll nosh the love away but it’s fair to say
You will still haunt me

Triangles are my favorite shape
Three points where two lines meet
Toe to toe, back to back, let’s go my love; it’s very late
‘Til morning comes, let’s tessellate

Music VideoEdit

Ellie GouldingEdit

Ellie Goulding - Tessellate (Alt-J cover) -- "Une Nuit à Paris"04:02

Ellie Goulding - Tessellate (Alt-J cover) -- "Une Nuit à Paris"

Information

Premiere date: June 4, 2013
Director(s): Ben Newbury
Stylist(s): N/A
Choreographer: N/A
Photographer(s):

N/A

The video for Tessellate was the first video to be directed by Ben Newbury before Beating Heart. The video features various scenes Ellie Goulding in black and white.

Alt-J (∆)Edit

A music video to accompany the release of "Tessellate" was first released on YouTube on 9 July 2012 at a total length of three minutes and eight seconds.[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 of lower socio-economic status in a room similar to the painting's background.

ReferencesEdit


Halcyon days font1

"Burn"
"Goodness Gracious"
"You My Everything"
"Hearts Without Chains"

"Stay Awake"
(Ellie Goulding & Madeon)
"Under Control"
"Flashlight"
(Ellie Goulding & DJ Fresh)

Bonus tracks:
"How Long Will I Love You"
"Tessellate [Alt-J cover]"
"Midas Touch"
(Ellie Goulding x BURNS)


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