Thursday, July 26, 2018

Noel Gallagher among finalists for 2018 Mercury Prize

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 2017 release “Who Built The Moon?” is among the finalists for the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize “Album Of The Year.”

Chosen by a panel of British music critics and industry figures, the honor celebrates and promotes the best of UK music while recognizing artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres.

Gallagher’s album – which topped the UK charts upon its release last fall – was announced as a contender at a Mercury Prize launch event in London alongside projects by Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine, Lily Allen and Wolf Alice, among others (see full list below).

“This year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize celebrates albums by musicians at all stages of their careers,” says the judging panel in a statement, “but with a shared belief in the importance of music for navigating life’s challenges – whether personal or political, falling in or out of love, growing up or looking back, angry or ecstatic. The music here is funny and inspiring, smart and moving. Twelve amazing albums!”

The 2018 Mercury Prize Awards Show will take place on September 20 at London’s Eventim Apollo and broadcast via BBC Music, with live television and radio coverage of the event on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music.

Produced by David Holmes, “Who Built The Moon?” features guest appearances by Paul Weller and Johnny Marr.

Introduced with the track, “Holy Mountain”, Gallagher has just released a cinematic video for the set’s latest single, "If Love Is The Law"; directed by Mike Bruce, the clip also serves as a precursor to the forthcoming “Stranded On The Earth”, a film “about two outlaws who meet and fall in love.”

2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize

Arctic Monkeys – “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”
Everything Everything – “A Fever Dream”
Everything Is Recorded – “Everything Is Recorded”
Florence + The Machine – “High As Hope”
Jorja Smith – “Lost & Found”
King Krule – “The Ooz”
Lily Allen – “No Shame”
Nadine Shah – “Holiday Destination”
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “Who Built the Moon?”
Novelist – “Novelist Guy”
Sons Of Kemet – “Your Queen Is A Reptile”
Wolf Alice – “Visions Of A Life”

See also:

Noel Gallagher releases cinematic If Love Is The Law video
Oasis classic Don’t Look Back In Anger reaches UK sales milestone
Noel Gallagher streams lyric video for God Help Us All
PRO VIDEO: Noel Gallagher performs Oasis classic at BBC Biggest Weekend
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