Albums By Dance Star Roisin Murphy, Folk Rockers Villagers, And Singer Gavin James Have Made The Shortlist For Ireland's Prestigious Choice Music Prize.
Former Moloko member Murphy is nominated for Hairless Toys, which will compete with Villagers' Darling Arithmetic, James' Bitter Pill, Before We Forgot How To Dream by SOAK, and early favourite Girl Band's Holding Hands with Jamie.
Electronic rockers Jape have also made the cut with This Chemical Sea as they aim for their third Choice Music Prize win, the Irish equivalent of Britain's Mercury Music Prize.
HamsandwicH's Stories from the Surface, Le Club by Le Galaxie, Colm MAC Con Iomaire's And Now The Weather, and Young Wonder's Birth round out the list for the best Irish albums of 2015.
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David Bowie, the Arctic Monkey, Jake Bugg and Disclosure are among the 12 nominees shortlisted for 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
David Bowie's 'The Next Day' and the Arctic Monkey's fifth album 'AM' are among the 12 albums nominated for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
The 66-year-old legendary singer, whose latest offering was praised for its ''panache and a remarkable sense of urgency,'' and the indie rock band face stiff competition from a string of young artists including Jake Bugg, 19, for his self-titled album, 23-year-old Laura Marling's album 'Once I Was An Eagle' and James Blake, 24, for his album 'Overgrown.'
Other artists and albums on this year's shortlist include Foals for their third album 'Holy Fire', Laura Mvula's 'Sing to the Moon', Rudimental's debut release 'Home', as well as 'Silence Yourself' by Savages and the Villagers' 'Awayland'.
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Albums of Note... Heaped with praise and riding high in the UK charts, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ 15th studio album, Push the Sky Away is not only an artistic triumph but a commercial one, too. Cave’s songwriting style has mutated significantly since his early days as frontman and resident wildcard of The Birthday Party; he now resembles a particularly well-dressed bar fly and his songs are peppered with his quintessentially erudite turn of phrase.
For our reviewer, Push the Sky Away demonstrates Cave and his cohorts at their finest:“Knowing when to stop and what to leave out, when adding more will lessen the quality and having the strength of character to just cut away the surplus is most definitely driven by the ever uncompromising Cave and here it has clearly paid dividends… Push The Sky Away' has a delicacy and tenderness woven through it like a fine silken tapestry of beguiling beauty but it can still be unflinching and brutal.”
Villagers' new single, 'Cecilia & Her Selfhood' is available to download from the band's website. It follows on from the band's debut album, 'Becoming A Jackal', which was released through Domino Records (Arctic Monkeys; Franz Ferdinand; The Kills) in May 2010 to critical acclaim.
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As the founder and essentially focal point of Villagers, Conor O'Brien is a man on a mission. Already bitten once by the harsh realities of the music industry after the sudden implosion of previous outfit The Immediate, his latest project looks set to finally establish him as one of the most promising songwriters of his generation.
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Becoming a Jackal is the debut single from Irish singer/songwriter/poet Conor J. O' Brien AKA Villagers. Information on The debut will be announced shortly. So far the band have toured Ireland twice, shared staged with Neil Young and Wild Beasts and are set to support Tindersticks on their next UK tour.
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