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Jenny Hval and Nosizwe nominated for Phonofile Nordic Music Prize

By Erlend Buflaten Posted: 26. Jan, 2017

Jenny Hval has scored her third Phonofile Nordic Music Prize nomination with 2016's 'Blood Bitch'

Jenny Hval and Noziswe are amongst the 12 nominees for the title of “Best Nordic album of 2016”.

The Phonofile Nordic Music Prize is an annual award for the best Nordic album of the year. Inspired by the UK’s Mercury Prize, it celebrates the album as an artistic format, and chamions the diversity and innovation of today’s Nordic music scene (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).

The first winner was announced in 2010 when Icelandic singer Jónsi won for his labum album Go. Since then Goran Kajfes (SE), First Aid Kit (SE), The Knife (SE), Mirel Wagner (FI) and most recently Band of Gold from Norway have had the honour of receiving the prize.

The jury’s statement on the nominated albums:

Jenny Hval: Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones)

She gets better and more fascinatingly Pop with each album, here with striking lyrics and fittingly strong compositions about vampires and menstruation. The album is produced by Jenny Hval with noise music legend Lasse Marhaug, making it an album filled with very visual sounds. Inspiration from Italian horror movies from the 70’s pops up everywhere, with lots of eerily beautiful melodies and unmissable pop material like the singles «Conceptual Romance» or «Female Vampires.

Nosizwe: In Fragments (So Real International)

In the not too rich tradition of Norwegian contemporary soul music, the brilliant debut album by Nosizwe Baqwa stands out with its left of centre production, personal, conscious lyrics and gorgeous vocals. The single «The Best Drug» is a good example of her style, with its quirky bassline and massively soulful melodies. The album is produced by Georgia Anne Muldrow, making space for Nosizwes individuality.

The 12 nominees for Phonofile Nordic Music Prize 2016

Denmark:

CTM: Suite for a Young Girl (Tambourhinoceros)

Bisse: Højlandet (Showbisse Inc)

Værket: Jealousy Hits (Escho)

Iceland:

Jóhann Jóhannsson: Arrival OST (Deutsche Grammophon)

Skúli Sverrison, Hilmar Jensson, Arve Henriksen: Saumur (Mengi)

Finland

Oranssi Pazuzu: Värähtelijä (Svart Records)

The Hearing: Adrian (Solina Records)

Mikko Joensuu: Amen 2 (Svart Records) 

Norway

Jenny Hval: Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones)

Nosizwe: In Fragments (So Real International)

Sweden

Kornel Kovacs: The Bells (Studio Barnhus)

Cherrie: Sherihan (RMH Sound)

The 12 album shortlist has been chosen by a jury consisting of music experts and journalists from the five Nordic countries: Audun Vinger (Norway), Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen (Iceland), Niklas Elmér (Sweden), Ralf Christensen (Denmark) and Ilkka Mattila (Finland).

The final winner and special commendations will be selected by an international jury consisting of Jude Rodgers (The Guardian), Stuart Maconie (BBC), Laurence Bell (Domino Records), Jonathan Galkin (DFA Records) and Jeannette Lee (Rough Trade).

Statement from the nordic jury:

The twelve nominees of this years Nordic Music Prize show the diversity of sound and attitude that the region now represents. Adventurous prog from Denmark, disco from Sweden, post-classical from Iceland, soul from Norway, psychedelia from Finland. It’s all different, and it’s all great.

But the funny thing is that it is more difficult than usual to pinpoint exactly which country the nominees comes from. It is music of the world. But all of them are purveyors of some kind of nordic spirit. Thankfully that spirit is ever-evolving and under construction.

Nordic producers and songwriters are now a dominant force in song oriented, contemporary pop music worldwide. But the urge to make a huge artistic statement within the album format is still very present, as these twelve records all show in their own way.

The selection was made through discussions and a tough voting process, based on a long list of great nominees. The jurors had no saying in the choosing of nominees from their own country.

The winner of the Phonofile Nordic Music Prize 2016 will be announced at a ceremony at by:Larm in Oslo, on Thursday 2 March 2017.

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