The Mercury Album of the Year nominees for 2012 covered a diverse range of styles and genres, highlighting what has been an exciting period for UK music. Out of 12 quality nominees only one could win the ultimate prize and this year it was quartet Alt-J.
Alt-J have been around since 2007 but debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’ only came out in May in Europe and in September in the US.
‘Tessellate’ is the third single from the album.
It has been a long time coming this first record, so how had the group managed to keep their mojos intact?
“I think we had that chemistry when we first started off in our rooms. And I think you can feel that chemistry in the album and that’s really fun,” said guitarist and vocalist Joe Newman.
The Mercury Prize was established in 1992 as an alternative to the Brit Awards. Nominations are chosen by a panel of musicians, music executives, journalists and other figures in the music industry in the UK and Ireland.