Alt-J leads the pack for best British indie rock quartet of the year. 2013 has been a fruitful year for the university-formed musical group, and there’s more good stuff in store for the band. Alt-J wrapped 2012 with the successful release of the album An Awesome Wave, which hit #1 on the UK Indie Albums Charts. The album recently reached Gold certification in Canada last week for selling more than 250,000 albums in North America. As this year heads to a close, let’s look at some of the reasons why Alt-J deserves a “fourth quarter” standing ovation from us all.
Reason #1: Ellie Goulding Definitely Likes Them...And We Definitely Like Ellie Goulding.
At the beginning of this year, no one suspected that Ellie Goulding’s cover of Alt-J’s “Tessellate” would become a viral success. Her unique take on the track exploded onto Youtube and was featured as a bonus track on her 2013 album release Halcyon Days. Ellie even made an official video for the cover.
Reason #2: And the Winner is...Alt-J.
Alt-J was awarded the Mercury Prize for best British album of 2012 for An Awesome Wave. Other nominees included Jessie Ware’s Devotion, Django Django’s Django Django, and The Maccabees’ Given to the Wild. During an official press conference after winning the honor, one of the band members commented that he was going to buy a wallet and some new Nikes for his bandmate. You’ve got to admire that humility.
Reason #3: Summer - New Forthcoming Alt-J Remix EP!
Alt-J will be releasing an EP of remixes entitled Summer on November 25. Jim James, Dave Sitek, Odd Future's The Internet, Ben Lovett (of Mumford & Sons), Hanz and Ben De Vries all remixed songs from the band's debut album An Awesome Wave.