The Barclaycard Mercury Prize is arguably the most prestigious award within the British music industry. And even making it onto the “shortlist” is an accomplishment in itself. This year’s eclectic list of nominees has just been unveiled.
Art-rockers Alt-J took home the top prize last year, while previous winners include the xx, Franz Ferdinand, and Portishead.
The full shortlist is below:
David Bowie: The Next Day
Arctic Monkeys: AM
Jake Bugg: Jake Bugg
Foals: Holy Fire
James Blake: Overgrown
Laura Marling: Once I Was an Eagle
Jon Hopkins: Immunity
Laura Mvula: Sing to the Moon
Savages: Silence Yourself
Who should win? Will any of those albums make your “best-of” lists at year’s end?
I personally love that James Blake album. Here’s “Retrograde”: