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Nordic Music Prize Nominations Announced

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.

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Nordic Music Prize 2011 Nominations

The Nordic Music Prize, an initiative affiliated with Oslo’s by:Larm showcase, handed its inaugural gong to Iceland’s Jonsi last year, and the nominations for its second incarnation have just been wittled down to a final shortlist.

Including the pick of the year’s records from Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark the award was modelled on the UK’s Mercury Music Prize. This year’s final shortlist includes:

Ane Brun – It all starts with one
Lykke Li – Wounded rhymes
Rubik – Solar
Gus Gus – Arabian horse
Malk De Koijn – Toback to the fromtime
Siinai – Olympic game
Björk – Biophilia
Iceage – New brigade
Montée – Renditions of you
Anna Järvinen – Anna själv tredje
Goran Kajfes – X/Y
The Field – Looping state of mind

The Norwegian albums in the longlist had been:

Razika – Program ’91
Lars Vaular – Du betyr meg
Jonas Alaska – Jonas Alaska
Team Me – To The Treetops!
Ane Brun – It All Starts With One
Stein Torleif Bjella – Vonde Visu
120 Days – 120 Days II
Montée – Renditions Of You
John Olav Nilsen og Gjengen – Det nærmeste du kommer
Martin Hagfors – I like you

Overall the Norwegian contingent looks a fair bit weaker than last year, where hit albums from Shining, Casiokids, Susanne Sundfør, Kvelertak and Lindstrøm & Christabelle were among those in the running. This time it is country-tinged songstress Ane Brun, who has enjoyed a considerable rise in popularity recently, even touring with Peter Gabriel, and kitsch pop revivalists Montée who are holding up the Norwegian end. They might not seem unduly likely to walk away with the winnings, but then the big names on the bill have hardly produced their best work this time around. Critical reception to Bjork’s multimedia effort Biophilia has been mixed, Lykke Li’s sophomore record has hardly sparked the interest of her debut, and some of the albums on show (sorry GusGus) are just plain crap. Let’s hope the jury are at least willing to throw a curveball.

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