The initial shortlist for this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize has been announced.
The annual award for the best British album of the year has revealed a twelve nominated records, all released between 18 July 2020 and 16 July 2021.
The list includes a third appearance out of three for Wolf Alice and their recent album ‘Blue Weekend’, following up on a nomination for debut ‘Love Is Cool’, and their Mercury winning second full-length ‘Visions of a Life’. You can read our cover feature on Wolf Alice around the release of ‘Blue Weekend’ here.
Other albums to make the cut include Black Country, New Road’s debut album ‘For The First Time’, Arlo Park’s ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’, Ghetts’ ‘Conflict Of Interest” and Laura Mvula’s ‘Pink Noise’
The winner of the prize will be announced at a ceremony taking place at London’s Eventim Apollo on 9th September. The full list of nominated albums reads:
Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams
BERWYN – DEMOTAPE/VEGA
Black Country, New Road – For the First Time
Celeste – Not Your Muse
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – Promises
Ghetts – Conflict Of Interest
Hannah Peel – Fir Wave
Laura Mvula – Pink Noise
Mogwai – As the Love Continues
Nubya Garcia – SOURCE
SAULT – Untitled (Rise)
Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend