The Mercury Prize, the national album competition that’s Britain’s version of our Mercury Prize, has announced the Short List for 2019.
This year’s finalists–culled from about 200 nominations by music wonks from across Her Majesty’s kingdom–come from a wide variety of genres and include a sizeable amount of punk and politics and plenty of guitar rock.
Anna Calvi – Hunter
Black Midi – Schlagenheim
Cate Le Bon – Reward
Dave – Psychodrama
Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1
Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
IDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance
Little Simz – Grey Area
NAO – Saturn
SEED Ensemble – Driftglass
slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain
The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
Get streaming. The winner will be announced in September. More here.