The Choice Music Prize is this year the RTÉ Choice Music Prize for the first time and the announcement of the 10 Irish albums were revealed a short time ago on 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Tony Clayton Lea, chairman of the judging panel.
The 10 albums shortlisted by the judges for Irish album of the year are:
All Tvvins – IIVV (Warner Music)
Bantum – Move (Self Released)
Wallis Bird – Home (Mount Silver / Caroline International)
The Divine Comedy – Foreverland (Divine Comedy Records)
Lisa Hannigan – At Swim (Hoop Recordings)
Katie Kim – Salt (Art For Blind Records)
James Vincent McMorrow – We Move (Faction Records)
Overhead, The Albatross – Learning to Growl (Self Released)
Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead (Self Released)
We Cut Corners – The Cadences Of Others (Delphi)
The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award. RAAP, Culture Ireland & Golden Discs are also official project partners.
2FM has promised to play Irish music all day from 6am to midnight today to mark the announcement along with live cessions from SOAK and Delorentos and a two-hour special on this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2016 shortlist, presented by Conor Behan from 8-10pm.
Shortlisted albums will also be featured throughout in the lead up to the live choice prize event on Thursday March 9th in Vicar Street.
Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and at http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €26.50 including booking fee.
Louise Bruton – Freelance & Irish Times
Brian Coney – Editor, The Thin Air
Maire Dineen – Súgradh Productions (Imeall TG4/Body & Soul)
Suzanne Doyle – Music, Film & Television Consultant
Dan Hegarty – 2FM
Paddy McKenna – Editor, Joe.ie
Cathal Murray – RTE Radio 1
Barbara Nic D – Classic Hits 4FM
Colm O’Regan – Hot Press
Niall Power – Head of Music Beat FM
Eva Short – Deputy Editor, Trinity News
Irish Song of The Year 2016
The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2016 will be announced on Wednesday 1st February, 2017. A Special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin that evening in the Workman’s Club.
‘Our Youth Our Younger’ features kids talking about the universe, God (or Santa), and builds instrumentally with digital beats, gentle keyboard notes, before a mangled Boards Of Canada-style sample gives way to a tough rhythm. As with any OTA song, there is orchestral swells and moments of beauty. Violin and vocals by Lia Wright and bass by Twiggy.
Overhead, The Albatross have a headline gig coming up in Dublin’s Vicar Street so to promote it they took to the venue’s stage and filmed their cover of a song that Hans Zimmer wrote for the Inception soundtrack with added Charlie Chaplin via The Great Dictator.
It’ll feature the previously-featured ‘Big River Man’ and eight other tracks. It was recorded in Straffan, Kildare at Clique Recordings, mixed by Phillip Magee.
The Dublin six-piece have shared the album’s opening track ‘Indie Rose’ , a track that grows from a cinematic core to a textured track that falls short of a growl. It’s accompanied by a superbly-shot video by Luke Daly (produced by Bold Puppy) featuring footage of Dublin dwellers in and around the city. The track’s name comes from their friends’ daughter.
The album is up for pre-order on Bandcamp and Overhead, The Albatross are holding two listening parties this week on April 6th and 7th – The Workman’s Club. The band play the venue on April 9th.
Overhead, The Albatross TRACK LIST
1. Indie Rose
2. Telekinetic Forest Guard
3. Theme For A Promise
6. Leave It To My Ghost
9. Big River Man
For the impressive video, directed by Bold Puppy, Axis Theatre in Ballymun for their new single, Overhead, The Albatross don’t quite throw the kitchen sink at ‘Big River Man’ but they do utilise a ladder, some paintcans and a percussive collective calling themselves The Hit Machine.
That’s just for starters. The post-rock song builds over seven and a half minutes and adds both aurally and visually, string sections, a breathy solo female vocal until the crescendo when even more bodies join the band for the fittingly cinematic finale.
It’s a mightily impressive bit of visual work shot in Axis Theatre in Ballymun. More via an interview with director Luke Daly who is also a guitarist in the band.
The Irish often think of themselves as underdogs but time and time again, we prove ourselves on a world stage. Right now, the Irish are making a splash. Nialler9 talked to Jape, Fight Like Apes, Florence Olivier, I Have A Tribe, Overhead The Albatross and more down at Castlepalooza Music Festival for Vodafone Centre Stage about how and why Irish music is having a moment.
John Blek & The Rats
The Radioactive Grandma
Little xs for eyes
Overhead The Albatross
The Hip Neck Blues Collective
Fox E & The Good Hands
The Cardinal Sins
State Magazine’s annual new music tips Faces Of… finished up over the weekend with a gig in the Mercantile and the release of a beautifully-designed digital magazine by Simon Roche featuring some stunning photography of acts from Ireland tipped for the year including Hozier, Liza Flume, UNKNWN (pictured), Overhead The Albatross, Simi Crowns, Affleck, video director Aoife McArdle, Carriages and Maria Somerville.
Photography is by Rich Gilligan, Cait Fahey, Olga Kuzmenko, Phil Fisk, Jason McCarthy, Mark McGuinness and Frances Marshall. There’s also a mixtape of the acts below. Respect.
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