Damon Albarn, FKA Twigs, Bombay Bicycle Club Up For 2014 Mercury Prize

    The shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which honors the best albums of the year to come from bands from Ireland and the U.K., has been announced. Here are the nominees:

    • Young Fathers – Dead
    • FKA twigs – LP1
    • East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
    • Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
    • Anna Calvi – One Breath
    • Nick Mulvey – First Mind
    • Go Go Penguin – v2.0
    • Jungle – Jungle
    • Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
    • Polar Bear – In Each and Every One
    • Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
    • Royal Blood – Royal Blood

    From a hugely popular rock star like Damon Albarn to relative unknowns like Go Go Penguin, this years batch of nominees seems like a particularly varied list. A list of previous winners of the award include Portishead, Pulp, PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys and the xx, so the winners will be in pretty excellent company.
    Of course, while Albarn and U.K. chart-toppers Royal Blood may seem like clear favorites, FKA Twigs’ LP1 is already considered one of the stand-out debut albums in recent years, so it wouldn’t be too surprising if she or any of the other nominees managed to pull out an upset (after all, James Blake beat out David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, and Disclosure for the award last year).
    The shortlist was announced today at an event hosted by English television and radio personality Alice Levine at The Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden. The award will be presented on October 29 at the London Roadhouse.