Alt-J, “Breezeblocks”, live at Paris’ Hotel de Ville, July 2012

The best new group of 2012? Quite possibly. They played in front of Paris’ rather grandiose town hall this month as part of a four day freebie called the Fnac Festival. Fortunately their delicate ditties come across well on such a big stage. Even when it’s actually quite a gruesome song about murder (“She may contain the urge to run away / So hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks”). Hats off, chaps! Now, if only that arse singing in the background would shut up…