Alt-J's category-defying sound

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Alt-J, also known as ∆, are a Mercury Prize-winning U.K. band with a sound that is difficult to pin down. Their alternative sound has been described as everything from "trip-hop" to "folk-tronic"-- and the group itself doesn't mind defying categorization.

"There's no directions in which we're not prepared to go," said one member, adding that lead singer Joe Newman's voice is an important constant.

"There is no such thing as a certain Alt-J sound. I think Joe's voice, which is unique, gives the songs a certain uniformity ... in that sense we have the freedom to make the rest of it sound however we want." 

 The band is presently back in Canada for the Osheaga music festival in Montreal.

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