Alt-J is an indie synth pop band from Britain. They also mix in a little folk and blues creating a rather unique sound. Their first album, An Awesome Wave was released in 2012 and won the Mercury Prize in the UK. This album hints at a few different music genres, film and literary references as well as applies a creative use of instrumentation. Alt –J layers island drumbeats over keyboard synth clicks, guitar, shaker sounds, metallic clinks and tops it all off with nasally vocals. However, what could come off as messy and overly complicated actually turns out to be effortlessly experimental and surprisingly unpretentious.
You may not know who Scott Walker is, or heard his music, but, I think it’s safe to say that once you’ve heard it, you’ll never forget it.
Walker made his name in the 1960’s as part of the Walker Brothers, a pop group whose success, in England at least, made them bigger than the Beatles in 1966. [Read more…]