Mercury Prize Nominations - BlackPlastic
Next up on our list of online music connoisseurs is BlackPlastic's Adam Russell. Adam lists TV On The Radio, Pavement and Common high on his Last.FM most played chart and has just introduced us to this bundle of audio-visual joy.
The "Art-y but relatively approachable" Primary Colours from The Horrors is first up on BlackPlastic's Mercury Prize shortlist. Adam was one of many who were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Southend band's second release and tips them for the win.
Joining The Horrors on BlackPlastic's list is the "creative whilst still being a firm Dad favourite" charms of Glasvegas' self-titled debut, and the "rowdy British version of Kings Of Leon" created by West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum authors Kasabian.
Solo troubadours also get a look in on the BlackPlastic list, including the "beautiful and haunting" James Yorkston on When The Haar Rolls In, and Jack Penate, who receives particular praise for an Everything Is New album that "drips in hot summer evenings" and provides Mr. Penate with "a genre of his own".
BlackPlastic is the first member of the blogging family to highlight the electro-pop exploits of British music over the past twelve months. Included in the shortlist is "the Streets for the late noughties" sound of Metronomy, and St. Albans' trio Friendly Fires, who are "really challenging what people consider rock music to be" with their September debut.
Which leads us to Adam's tip for the album that "SHOULD win, but probably wont". The BlackPlastic writer revels in the "noisy, unique, dark and mysterious" sound of Fantasy Black Channel by Castle Donington quartet Late Of The Pier.