In the past few months Alt-J have added ‘worldwide prominence’ to their list of 2012 acquisitions having been nominated for the Mercury Prize, which could be described as Britain’s version of the Australian Music Prize. Or, you know, it might be the other way around.
Packing more ideas into tight spaces than a librarian, Alt-J mash together a bit of Foals and Wu Lyf and add their own flavour. Their debut album, An Awesome Wave, took five years to create and sounds like it, but just remember that Michelangelo took four years to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and he wasn’t studying at Cambridge at the time.
The album’s full of single-worthy tracks and snappy segues, and the band contains members who look like criminals, nerds and Svens. [Here’s an obligatory mention of the band name meaning ‘shortcut to writing ∆ on a Mac.’ Though I did think triangles were something attractive girls in year 12 thought were cool in 2010. They must’ve been too busy working on the album to notice the fad fade out of focus.]
Tessellate, Breezeblocks, Something Good and Fitzpleasure are the standout songs. Have a listen:
Credit goes to that great guy we all love: James Flood.