The 2015 Mercury Prize shortlist was teased out on Friday via Lauren Laverne and her BBC Radio 6 Music show. Leading the pack are Wolf Alice with ‘My Love Is Cool‘ and Slaves with ‘Are You Satisfied?‘.
“Never in Wolf Alice’s wildest dreams did we think we would be shortlisted for an award of any nature, especially something as prestigious as the Mercury Prize,” ventured the band in an official statement. “We’re beyond ecstatic and thankful to every person that’s supported us thus far.” In a less composed reaction, the band shared the below.
This is how we feel pic.twitter.com/2Le9QlUblS
— wolf alice (@wolfalicemusic) October 16, 2015
Slaves were also very happy to be among the twelve act shortlist.
We have been nominated for the Mercury prize. Wow. Thank you very much. xxx pic.twitter.com/jRPmbpyL19
— Slaves (@Slaves) October 16, 2015
“The Mercury Prize for Album of the Year is the music equivalent to the Booker Prize for literature and the Turner Prize for art. The main objectives of the Mercury Prize are to provide a snapshot of the year in music, to encourage debate and discussion about music, and to help introduce new albums from a variety of musical genres to a wider audience.”
The nominations are as follows.
Aphex Twin – Syro
Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
C Duncan – Architect
Eska – Eska
Florence and The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
Benjamin Clementine – At Least For Now
Jamie xx – In Colour
Soak – Before We Forgot How To Dream
Gaz Coombes – Matador
Slaves – Are You Satisfied?
The winner will be announced on November 20th.