Royal Blood, FKA twigs Among Mercury Prize 2014 Nominees

Royal Blood, FKA twigs, and Bombay Bicycle Club are among the shortlist nominees for this year’s esteemed Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The shortlist is almost an even split of old guard vs new, with seven exciting debut albums nominated by buzzed about acts including East India Youth and Jungle.

The remaining five LPs belong to already established artists like Polar Bear and Damon Albarn. For Albarn, being nominated for the Mercury Prize is nothing new, having been shortlisted with both Blur and Gorillaz. Meanwhile it’s back-to-back nominations for Anna Calvi, whose debut was selected in 2011.

Chair of Judges, Simon Frith, told it’s an act’s ambition and willingness to probe beyond a single style of music that wins over the judges.

“The 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist confirms that these are fascinating times for UK music,” said Frith.

“What most impressed the judges was the inventive passion with which musicians explore music and emotional possibilities, refusing to be pinned down by rules or genre.”

Last year’s event saw James Blake crowned the winner for his celebrated album Overgrown.

The 2014 final winner will be revealed at London Roundhouse on 29th October.

Mercury Prize 2014 Shortlist Nominees

Anna Calvi – One Breath

Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

East India Youth – Total Strife Forever

FKA twigs – LP1

GoGo Penguin – v2.0

Jungle – Jungle

Kate Tempest – Everybody Down

Nick Mulvey – First Mind

Polar Bear – In Each and Every One

Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Young Fathers – Dead

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