Mercury Prize Nominations - Another Form Of Relief
Self-confessed bearded slacker Eddie runs the Another Form Of Relief blog. He found the temptation to create his shortlist of possible Mercury Prize nominees irresistible as he realised how good a year it had been for British music. Another Form Of Relief celebrates new and old music, including their Ed Is Dead section of sadly missed artists and one of the best collections of "great lost Weezer songs" on the web.
Kent based Eddie goes all Scottish for his rundown of potential nominees with four of his select seven coming from north of the border. Dananananaykroyd are tipped again with the "loud", "messy and a hell of a lot of fun" Hey Everyone! quoted as "one of the finest debut albums in years," while Aidan Moffat & The Best Ofs return to the shortlists, as the former Arab Strap frontman produces "an album more consistent than anything he and Middleton put out".
The previously overlooked Camera Obscura also make the grade. My Maudlin Career's "beautifully textured songs" have led Another Form Of Relief to claim "this is the album Camera Obscura were destined to make".
Completing the Scottish quartet is Belle & Sebastian founder Stuart Murdoch and his new God Help The Girl project that "unashamedly embraces the album format when everyone else seems to be fleeing from it."
Elsewhere in the article Eddie pinpoints the "stunning songwriting" of Emmy The Great as "the slightly left of centre singer-songwriter style that seems to have made the lists in previous years", and a voice in Thomas Tantrum's Megan Thomas, which floats between "gentle and slightly unhinged".
Honourable mentions go to It Hugs Back, Sky Larkin and Fanfarlo, but its to Wales and Los Campesinos! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed that Another Form Of Relief travels to find an album that has "emotional depth and philosophy...while still continuing to sound like quite nothing else that's around at the moment."