Alt-J Nominated for Mercury Prize; Band Releases Video "Remix" for "Tessellate"
UK-based band Alt-J are honored to announce their nomination for this year's Mercury Prize, the annual music prize awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Past winners of the Mercury Prize include PJ Harvey, Portishead, Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, and The xx. This year's nominees include albums from Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard, Jessie Ware, and The Maccabees. This year's winner will be announced on November 1st.
The band is also happy to announce the release of their video "remix" for their song "Tessellate." The new video, directed by Alex Southam, has been edited to include more references to the famous Italian painting that inspired the original video, Raphael's The School of Athens. You can watch the video below:
The "Tessellate" video remix comes hot on the heels of the band's recent collaboration with My Morning Jacket front-man Jim James for a remix of their song "Fitzpleasure." James' harmony-laced remix breathes new life into "Fitzpleasure" while staying true to alt-J's unique sound. You can stream, download, grab and share "Fitspleasure (jim james apple C remix)" on SoundCloud HERE.
"Tessellate" and "Fitzpleasure" are songs featured on the band's debut album AnAwesomeWave, which is currently streaming via SoundCloud. The record will be released next week, on September 18th. The album was previously released in the UK to much acclaim, with BBC Music calling it "strong, addictive and enthralling, the perfect accompaniment to any mood, any moment, anywhere," and The Guardian calling them, "the most successful new British band of the year."
The band is beginning the newest leg of their US tour tonight with a sold-out show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom. For a complete list of tour dates, please see below.