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You Had Me at Alt-J

By David Goe

Have you ever listened to a new song or album and just said "YES!"?

That's how I feel right now about UK wonder kids Alt-J. Good lord, they are amazing. Alt-J are a relatively new band, having just released their debut album, and the album stuck in my conscious, "An Awesome Wave" in September 2012. Already it has won the Mercury Prize, an annual music prize awarded for the best British album of the year, and my heart. I love it. 

I don't want to say that they are a good as, or will be as successful as, or as admired as Radiohead, but... Alt-Js songs are well composed and the restraint put on each instrument is near perfect. They don't overdo it on guitars, nor on synth, nor on drums. They are balanced, thoughtful orchestrations. I particularly love the drum rhythms on their songs. They are intricate yet restrained. Amazing work. And don't get me started on the vocal harmonies. All I can say is wow. 

Check out Alt-J's full performance from a recent stop at Seattle's KEXP radio and let me know what you think. 

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