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 is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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