Indie-pop quartet Alt-J have won this years 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 Wares Devotion
Django Djangos Django Django
The Maccabees Given to the Wild
Roller Trios Roller Trio
Richard Hawleys Standing at the Skys Edge
Field Musics Plum
Michael Kiwanukas Home Again
Ben Howards Every Kingdom
Plan Bs Ill Manners
Alt-Js An Awesome Wave
Lianne Le Havas Is Your Love Big Enough
Sam Lees Ground of Its Own