Indie-pop quartet Alt-J have won this year’s Mercury Prize for their debut album, An Awesome Wave. The annual prize honors the best album from the UK and Ireland as voted on by a panel of musicians, executives, journalists, and other industry figures.
The band beat out formidable like Jessie Ware, Field Music, Django Django, and Richard Hawley.
Along with bragging rights, Harvey receives £20,000 in cold, hard cash. Below, take a listen to An Awesome Wave via Rdio
Mercury Prize 2012 Nominees:
Jessie Ware’s Devotion
Django Django’s Django Django
The Maccabees’ Given to the Wild
Roller Trio’s Roller Trio
Richard Hawley’s Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Field Music’s Plum
Michael Kiwanuka’s Home Again
Ben Howard’s Every Kingdom
Plan B’s Ill Manners
Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave
Lianne Le Havas’ Is Your Love Big Enough
Sam Lee’s Ground of Its Own