Tessellate (song)

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Single by Alt-J
from the album An Awesome Wave
Released13 July 2012
FormatDigital download
  • Joe Newman
  • Gus Unger-Hamilton
  • Gwilym Sainsbury
  • Thom Green
Producer(s)Charlie Andrew
Alt-J singles chronology
"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.

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.


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]
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)[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


  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 (26 September 2018). "English Rock Band Alt-J Performs Theme Song for Ingress Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 27 September 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.