In association with BBC Music, the 2015 nominations for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for ‘Album Of The Year’ were officially announced to the public Friday morning October 16, 2015!
The list of nominees includes Florence and the Machine, Benjamin Clementine, Gaz Coombes, and a killer new glam-grunge rock quartet from North London: Wolf Alice.
Seriously, hold onto your hats and get ready with the deepest breath you can take-—Wolf Alice is about to to take some names in an easy but powerful steal for the spotlight! The band’s sound is altogether poetic and ethereal, with bright electronic beats and smokey, graveyard-like vocals, much like Mazzy Star or Portishead.
Formed in 2010 by vocalist/guitarist Ellie Roswell and fellow bandmate, guitarist Jeff Odie, the band was finally completed in 2012 when drummer Joel Amey and bassist Theo Ellis joined in on the musical fun and games.
The band’s unique name was taken from British journalist and novelist Angela Carter’s 1970 famous short story Wolf Alice about a feral girl raised by a pack of wolves.
The debut record My Love Is Cool was released this past June 2015 via West London-based rock label Dirty Hit Records, which is also responsible for the British indie rock sensations Little Comet and Benjamin Francis Leftwich.
As the band piles up one phenomenal album review after another, with TheGuardian.com calling My Love Is Cool an “invigorating debut with a gaunt, gallant identity of its own,” we’re thinking Wolf Alice’s chances of earning recognition in the form of a poplar and special music award seems likely!
The Barclaycard Mercury Prize (referred to simply as the Mercury Prize) ceremony will commence on Friday, November 20, 2015 in London in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House. The event will be hosted by English radio DJ, author and comedian Lauren Laverne and broadcasted by 6Music and BBC Four.