Earlier today, we announced that British indie rockers Alt-J received a nomination for the MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction. The clip in question was for “Tessellate,” a rattling, clattering, almost proggy cut off their debut album, An Awesome Wave. And the art-direction nod fits it perfectly, since the Alex Southern–directed video pays homage to one of painter Raphael’s masterpieces, The School of Athens, as acted out by modern-day tropes.
We reached out to the band to see how they felt about the nomination. “It’s an honor to be nominated for an MTV Video Music Award,” Alt-J keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton said. “Everyone at MTV has been extremely supportive of us from the start. So thanks!”
Hive caught wind of the Alt-J wave last December, when they played our Live in Boston series after nabbing the coveted Mercury Prize. Since then, they’ve become a very popular festival act, drawing tens of thousands of fans to hear their angular Brit-pop tunes.
Fans can vote for the video to win at vma.mtv.com until August 24 at 6 p.m. EST.
An Awesome Wave is out now via Canvasback Music.