Mercury Prize Nominations - Music Snobbery
Another blog that has been gazing into its Mercury Prize crystal ball is Music Snobbery. Music Snobbery is one-man live review machine, that has interviewed the likes of The Tings Tings, The Knife and Phoenix in the past, and counts Yo La Tengo, Arcade Fire and Blur amongst his favourite artists.
Music Snobbery has made a shortlist of eight which again includes Doves' Kingdom Of Rust and "musical siren" Bat For Lashes "emerging from the forest to make our lives better" with second album Two Suns.
Other mentions include touring buddies Glasvegas, whose self-titled debut "boils down to that sweeping, over-the-top, heart-on-your-sleeve rock sound that hits you like a sledgehammer on your soul", and West London's empowering White Lies, who "provide thunder to the mix-up part of your early adulthood where you wonder what happens when you die".
Music Snobbery also pits indie rock goddess PJ Harvey and her "foot-stomping" collaboration with John Parish against the fresh faced "other-worldly quality" of Florence & The Machine's Lungs and the deadline beating debut from barefooted soul starlet VV Brown.
Which leaves us with Music Snobbery's highlight of the year, which comes in the form of the "dreamland orchestra pop" provided by Brighton's The Mummers. April release Tale To Tell has a "wide-eyed wonder quality about possibilities of life that's filled of beautiful orchestrations and Raissa's soothing voice".