The Phonofile Nordic Music Prize is an annual award for the Best Nordic Album Of The Year, inspired by the British & Irish Mercury Prize. The prize was initiated by by:Larm and introduced in 2010. Since then Jónsi (ICE), Goran Kajfes (SE), First Aid Kit (SE), and most recently The Knife (SE) have been trophied with the title. At by:Larm in March, the award will return to give one of the 12 nominated albums the honour of being labelled the Nordic Album of the Year.
These are the nominated albums for Phonofile Nordic Music Prize 204:
Emilie Nicolas (NO) – Like I’m a Warrior
Gracias (FI) – Elengi
Iceage (DK) – Plowing Into the Field of Love
Lorentz (SE) – Kärlekslåtar
Lykke Li (SE) – I Never Learn
Neneh Cherry (SE) – Blank Project
Mirel Wagner (FI) – When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day
MØ (DK) – No Mythologies to Follow
Pink Street Boys (ICE) – Trash From the Boys
Prins Póló(ICE) – Sorrí
Selvhenter (DK) – Motions of Large Bodies
Todd Terje (NO) – It’s Album Time
A Nordic jury consisting of Ralf Christensen (DK), Niklas Elmér (SE), Ilkka Mattila (FIN), Audun Vinger (NO) and Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen (ICE) have had the difficult task of narrowing 25 albums down to the 12 stated nominated. The jury find the 12 nominated albums particular strong. This is their statement:
– Even though the climate can be cold, the Nordic countries have for a long time been a “hotbed” for musical innovation and progressive stance regarding popular music. The Phonofile Nordic Music Prize, established in 2010, has sought to mirror this ever-evolving scene and this year is no exception. “Scandi-pop” has certainly some common, if unintelligible, features but it’s the variety of modern music making in that one region that continues to dazzle. This year, for instance, we have a female five piece from Denmark that specializes in noise-led, experimental brass music, ethereal neo-pop from Norway sung by alluring, icy songstress, down and dirty scuzz-rock from Iceland, urban hip-hop from Finland and avant-pop from the eternally iconoclastic Neneh Cherry. The Phonofile Nordic Music Prize has room for both youngbloods and established acts but most importantly, it’s the first stop for anyone interested in the most happening sounds in Scandinavia today.
May the Nordic aura embrace your souls!
Erik Brataas of Phonofile highlights the artistic diversity in the Nordic region and is looking forward to develop the prize together with the partners.
– Phonofile is excited about the opportunity to collaborate more closely with by:Larm in developing Phonofile Nordic Music Prize as the most prestigious reward for the broader Nordic music industry. The quality of artistic creativity, diversity and production in the Nordic region is outright impressive. Phonofile’s ambition with Phonofile Nordic Music Prize is to actively participate in developing the industry in the Nordics. We are looking forward to further develop the Phonofile Nordic Music Prize in the coming years together with by:Larm, Music Norway and GramArt.
Nordic Playlist feature
Presenting the official playlist for the award, the 12 nominees were revealed today in a special Nordic Playlist feature.
– It’s been an incredible year for new releases, so we’re excited to see who wins and to revisit some of the best albums of the year along the way, says Francine Gorman of Nordic Playlist.
The winner of the Phonofile Nordic Music Prize 2014 will be chosen by an international jury consisting of Jonathan Galkin (DFA Records), Jude Rogers (The Guardian), Laurence Bell (Domino Recording Company) and Jeanette Lee (Rough Trade Records).
The Phonofile Nordic Music Prize will be presented at by:Larm 2015. All by:Larm delegates are welcome to join the special event on Thursday March 05.