This is one of those serendipitous new discoveries that come with browsing other people’s playlists. How have I never heard of Art Brut? They’re an English and German band who made their debut in 2005. They’ve released a total of four albums, the most recent in 2011. None of which has been exactly a runaway bestseller, but they’ve enjoyed consistent critical acclaim. They take their name from what we in English call ‘outsider art’, which sounds like a very pretentious indie rock band name and suggests a precariously self-conscious brand of cool, a la Vampire Weekend, but it actually suits their aesthetic unexpectedly well. As in rather raw, sometimes surreal, dryly witty and charmingly. accented.