Finnish artist Mirel Wagner’s album When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day was awarded the Phonofile Nordic Music Prize during an award ceremony at by:Larm Thursday night. The international jury consisting of Laurence Bell – Domino Records (UK), Jeannette Lee – Rough Trade Records (UK), Jonathan Galkin – DFA Records (US), Jude Rogers – Journalist The Guardian (UK) and Andres Lokko – Journalist SVD (SE) highlight the album’s strong and intense voice in their joint statement:
“This album showcases a strong, intense new voice that feels like it’s coming from somewhere deep and true. As a set of restrained and alluring short stories, gorgeously sung and played, this record keeps pulling you back into its world. and, please, don’t be scared by the title!”
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 conference in Norway, the most important conference and showcase event for the wider Nordic music industry.
Mirel Wagner takes homes 30.000NOK sponsored by GramArt.
This year’s runners up were Selvhenter (DK) – Motions of Large Bodies and Iceage (DK) – Plowing Into The Field Of Love.
“The winner and the two honourable mentions are all fully-realised albums and strong artistic statements. They’re intense and alive in different ways, full on and quite overwhelming.” said this years jury panel.
The winner and runners up was selected from a group of 12 nominees
Mirel Wagner (FI) – When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day
*Selvhenter (DK) – Motions of Large Bodies
*Iceage (DK) – Plowing Into the Field of Love
Emilie Nicolas (NO) – Like I’m a Warrior
Gracias (FI) – Elengi
Lorentz (SE) – Kärlekslåtar
Lykke Li (SE) – I Never Learn
Neneh Cherry (SE) – Blank Project
MØ (DK) – No Mythologies to Follow
Pink Street Boys (ICE) – Trash From the Boys
Prinspóló (ICE) – Sorrí
Todd Terje (NO) – It’s Album Time
This marks the first time a Finnish album has received the award, breaking Sweden’s dominance for the last three years. Previous winners of the prize include Jónsi (2010), Goran Kajfeš (2011) , First Aid Kit (2012) and The Knife (2015).
Phonofile Nordic Music Prize is organized by Phonofile, by:Larm, GramArt, Music Norway, Oslo Business Region and the Norwegian Minsitry of Foreign Affairs.