Say Hello To This Year’s Mercury Prize Winners: Alt-J

Alt-J at the Mercury Prize ceremony last night

Right, don’t be getting all “Alt-wha?” with me. Clearly we’re about to discuss a band of some importance and magnitude otherwise they wouldn’t have just won the presitigious Mercury Prize, beating off opposition from the likes of Jessie Ware, Django Django, Michael Kiwanuka, Plan B and Field Music. And if that whole sentence just looks like a selection of Mexican wrestlers (and a festival), then perhaps you should pay a little more attention when we talk about British music around here.

Actually, forget that. We don’t talk about music enough to be uppity about anything. Where was I?

Oh yes! So last night was the Mercury Prize, and Alt-J’s album “An Awesome Wave” won. It’s a good album of arty, angular pop, sung by a man who sometimes sounds like he is singing in his sleep. One of the songs sounds like this:


Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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