Alt-J Win Mercury Prize

Yes, Alt-J was left off our list of the 40 Best New Artists Of 2012, much to the apparent dismay of many commenters, but cry no longer for the British band: They just won the Mercury Prize.

The band’s debut album, An Awesome Wave, was dubbed the best British album of the year by a panel of music industry types and critics. It beat out 11 other pretty strong contenders, including:

Jessie Ware – Devotion
Django Django – Django Django
The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
Roller Trio – Roller Trio
Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
Field Music – Plumb
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
Plan B – Ill Manners
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough
Sam Lee – Ground Of Its Own

Apparently Winterfylleth’s The Threnody Of Triumph was overlooked. Weird. Congrats to Alt-J! And to everyone who is not Alt-J! You’re all winners in my eyes.

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Comments (9)
  1. I was going to comment on how wrong this is, but that’s a pretty weak shortlist.

  2. thats a great album. glad to hear they won

  3. what is this quirky shit

  4. I can’t believe this beat out Jessie Ware and Django Django’s debut albums, in addition to an album nobody’s talking about, Plan B’s Ill Manors, the soundtrack to a British gangster film that I have no desire to see, mind you. Ill Manors wins my runner up spot to the “why is nobody talking about this?” award, just behind The Menzingers’ On The Impossible Past.

  5. Good for them. Django Django is very good but they always make me want to play Super Furry Animals albums instead of listening to them.

  6. I was rooting for Field Music here. Damn it.

  7. The goat that sings for the band appears to be missing from the picture…

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