The long-list for the Nordic Music Prize (the scandi-equivalent of the UK’s Mercury bash) has been unveiled, and whichever of the Norwegian nominees makes it through to the pared down shortlist stage will have to compete with such big names as Sigur Ros, Efterklang, Neneh Cherry and Kent. And a couple of them are definitely capable of that, especially given that thus far in the prize’s short life the judges have shown an admirable disinterest in honouring the Big Names for the sake of it. Fifty acts have been long-listed – ten from each of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, and the cast will be chopped to a final twelve nominees on December 3rd. The winner will be crowned at Oslo new band showcase by:Larm on February 14th.
The chosen Norwegians are:
Susanne Sundfør – The Silicone Veil
Motorpsycho – The Death Defying Unicorn
Lindstrøm – Smalhans
I Was A King – You Love It Here
John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen – Den Eneste Veien Ut
Tønes – Sån Av Salve
Highasakite – All That Floats Will Rain
Enslaved – Riitiir
Ida Jenshus – Someone To Love
Hanne Kolstø – Flashblack
Some big names by Norwegian standards, but few of them can really be said to be at the top of their game. Surely Susanne Sundfør’s formidable third effort will be a genuine contender, though.
See the full list of nominees and find out more about the prize here.