An Awesome Wave is an awesome album. What Alt-J have done on their debut is remarkable, and we can only hope they can manage to avoid drowning in hype and expectations. The record is at once memorable, alluring and haunting. It's been referred to as folktronica, a term I've heard used in referring to everyone from The Books to Freelance Whales. Alt-J sound like none of those, or anyone else, really. The album's easy melodies, which at times display a level of understatement akin to The xx, contrast with its complex layers, which rather counter-intuitively, act not as a barrier to entry but as a hook in and of themselves. The lush atmosphere is perfect for a late weekend night spent in or a rainy Sunday afternoon, some period of inactivity where this Wave can just wash over you.