The international jury consisting of Paul Jones – Rough Trade Records (UK), Jonathan Galkin – DFA Records (US), Jude Rogers – Journalist The Guardian (UK), Laurence Bell – Domino Records (UK) and Stuart Maconie (UK) – journalist BBC.
The jury’s statement:
– The winner is a fascinating artist that divides people – including this year’s international jury. Nevertheless, their album stood out in what was a fascinating year for the prize. All the judges were impressed by the adventurousness of the shortlisted albums, which shows once again how cutting-edge and diverse the contemporary Scandinavian music scene is. For those who loved it, the winning album was an incredibly strong piece of work – engrossing, atmospheric, challenging and thought-provoking. The artist who made it is endlessly inventive, and a brilliant example of how the Scandinavian underground can make statements in music which can powerfully connect and cut through.
The Phonofile Nordic Music Prize is an annual award for the Best Nordic Album of The Year, inspired by the British & Irish Mercury Prize, and was introduced in 2010. The prize was initiated by the by:Larm festival in Norway, the most important conference and showcase event for the wider Nordic music industry.
Jenny Hval takes home the trophy and a money prize of 30.000 NOK.
More on Jenny Hval: jennyhval.com
This year’s honorable mentions were:
– Oranssi Pazuzu (FI) –Värähteljä
– Skúli Sverrison, Hilmar Jensson, Arve Henriksen (IS) – Saumur.
The jury’s statement:
– The honourable mentions are two very different sounding albums, poles apart in volume and dynamic but both uniquely Scandinavian and thrillingly expressive in musicianship and instrumental sounds.
The winner and honorable mentions were selected from a group of 12 nominees, including
CTM (DK) – Suite for a Young Girl, Bisse (DK) – Højlandet, Værket (DK) – Jealousy Hits, Jóhann Jòhannsson (IS) – Arrival OST, Skúli Sverrison, Hilmar Jensson, Arve Henriksen (IS) – Saumur, Oranssi Pazuzu (FI) –Värähteljä, The Hearing (FI) – Adrian, Mikko Joensuu (FI) –Amen 2, Jenny Hval (NO) – Blood Bitch, Nosizwe (NO) – In Fragments, Kornél Kovács (SE) – The Bells and Cherrie (SE) – Sherihan
This is the second year a Norwegian album receives the award. Previous winners of the prize include Jónsi (2010), Goran Kajfeš (2011), First Aid Kit (2012), The Knife (2013), Mirel Wagner (2014) and Band of Gold (2015).
Phonofile Nordic Music Prize was founded by by:Larm, and supported by Phonofile, GramArt and Music Norway.