Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
2012 was a great year for the UK. Between hosting the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee, British music outdid itself and really shone through while all eyes were on our little island. Alt-J’s debut album An Awesome Wave is an example of the UK’s indie scene innovating and advancing, with ‘Breezeblocks’ being one of the biggest tracks of the year.
Alt-J took the UK by storm last year by touring the festival circuit in the summer, including Reading/Leeds festival (Where I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them!). They have recently announced a UK and North American tour and almost all dates are completely sold out. It’s a rare occurrence for a British band to ‘break America’ so soon since their formation but with their obscure sound and lyrics, they definitely stand out amongst the typical pop roaming the charts at the moment.
They recently won the Mercury award and have been nominated for the upcoming Brit awards in various categories, ranging from Album of the Year to Best British Breakthrough Act. If you haven’t heard of them then get out from under your rock and check them out. You won’t be disappointed.