An Awesome Wave


A week, or so, ago you may have read in my xx review a mention of newcomers, Alt-J. Alt-J are a band that burst onto my radar not so long ago when I read an article that they are already the bookies favourites to win the Mercury Prize, and that some guy who’s high up at Ladbrokes has donned them ‘the next Radiohead’. Now while that is obviously a rather bold statement it’s one that would provoke most people, I hope, to at least give them a chance.

An Awesome Wave, the bands debut album in question, is an unusual journey through the many varying sounds of a band so diverse an different it would be quite hard to group them with any generic form of popular music. The main tracks are split apart by three musical interludes which show off some of the groups even more unusual skills while the named tracks manage to create what sound like new rhythms with quite a dance-y feel to most of them, not unlike Friendly Fires. The vocals are another talking point, lead singer Joe Newman’s voice maybe has an element of Thom Yorke but sounds a lot more like Dougy Mandagi of The Temper Trap. The lyrics seem to often veer off into words that don’t exist and that, I found, makes it a lot easier to get completely lost within the songs. Stand-out tracks if you want try a taster would be ‘Tessellate’ or ‘Fitzpleasure’ and both should give you an idea of quite how diverse the group are.

While it may take another ten to fifteen years to see if Alt-J really are the next Radiohead this album is certainly a very strong start. Go and listen my blog followers, go and listen now…


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