Inspired by the Mercury Music Prize, the people behind Norway’s by:Larm Festival have set up the first-ever Nordic Music Prize, in order to highlight the wealth of new Scandinavian talent. Jónsi, Dungen, First Aid Kit, Efterklang, Robyn, the Radio Dept. and Ólöf Arnalds are all up for the award, which will be announced on February 19 as part of this year’s by:Larm Festival (taking place in Oslo, 17-19 February).
Rough Trade Record co-owner Jeannette Lee, influential Scandinavian journalist Andres Lokko and Domino Records owner Laurence Bell are but a few figures responsible for judging the 12-strong shortlist below.
Dungen – Skit i allt
Paleface Helsinki – Shangri-La
Frisk Frugt – Dansktoppen møder Burkina Faso i det himmelblå rum hvor solen bor, suite
Susanne Sundfør – The Brothel
Robyn - BodyTtalk
Jónsi – Go Do
Efterklang – Magic Chairs
Serena Maneesh – S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor
The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a scheme
Ólöf Arnalds - Innundir skinni
Kvelertak – Kvelertak
First Aid Kit – The Big Black & The Blue