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IMPALA publishes 23-album shortlist for European Independent Album of the Year Award

Press release - Brussels, 16th February 2012
 
Following the successful launch last year of the European Independent Album of the Year Award, voting is now taking place on a 23-album shortlist to decide this year’s winner.
 
Who will succeed Efterklang’s “Magic Chairs”, winner of the inaugural award? The announcement will be made on Wednesday 29th February.  
 
This European Mercury-style award celebrates the musical talent and diversity of independent European releases. It promotes exceptional artists and the independent sector alike. The winner will be selected based on musical merit alone. The nominated albums for 2011 are listed below:

Artist

Album

Label

Country of Artist

Country of Label

Adele

21

XL Recordings

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Ane Brun

It All Starts With One

Balloon Ranger Recordings

Sweden

Sweden

Arrayan Path

Ira Imperium

Pitch Black Records

Cyprus

Cyprus

Claude Hugo

Claude Hugo

Fakto/2Brains

Belgium

Belgium

Hladno Pivo

Svijet Glamura

Menart

Croatia

Croatia

Iceage

New Brigade

Tambourhinoceros

Denmark

Denmark

Justyna Majkowska

Zakochana Od Jutra

Anaconda

Poland

Poland

Kaizers Orchestra

Violeta Violeta Vol. 1

Petroleum Records

Norway

Norway

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Smoking In Heaven

Sunday Best

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Little Dragon

Ritual Union

Peacefrog

Sweden

United Kingdom

M83

Hurry Up We’re Dreaming

Naïve

France

France

Maia Vidal

God Is My Bike

Crammed Discs

France/U.S.

Belgium

Modeselekor

Monkeytown

Monkeytown

Germany

Germany

Nick & Simon

Symphonica in Rosso

Volendam Music

The Netherlands

The Netherlands

Ocho Macho

Online A Vilag

CLS Music

Hungary

Hungary

Pegasus

Human Technology

Muve Recordings

Switzerland

Switzerland

Raphael Gualazzi

Reality and Fantasy

Sugar Music

Italy

Italy

Rubik

Solar

Fullsteam

Finland

Finland

Selah Sue

Selah Sue

Because Music

Belgium

France

SBTRKT

SBTRKT

Young Turks

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Sigur Ros

Inni

Krunk

Iceland

United Kingdom

The Glockenwise

Building Waves

Lovers & Lollypops

Portugal

Portugal

Vetusta Morla

Mapas

Pequeno Salto Mortal

Spain

Spain

Album reviews and further information can be viewed here. IMPALA has teamed up with Spotify to make a playlist so you can judge for yourselves in advance of the big day.  The playlist is available on: http://spoti.fi/wdSzbW

Helen Smith, Executive Chair, IMPALA said: “The 23 albums short-listed for the award this year once again show the incredible vitality of the independent sector all over Europe.”
 
About the Independent Album of the Year Award
The “European Independent Album of The Year” award was launched last year, together with the annual “Outstanding Contribution to European Music” award, to mark the 10th anniversary of IMPALA. The European Independent Album of the Year Award showcases the breadth and diversity of independent talent across Europe. The winner is selected on the basis of completely open criteria from a shortlist compiling national and non-national album nominations from territories across Europe put forward for their musical, artistic or other exceptional quality. Nominated albums were required to have been released in 2011 (January - December), on a European independent label. A jury of IMPALA board members will choose the winner.
 
About IMPALA
IMPALA was established in April 2000 to represent independent music companies. 99% of Europe’s music companies are SMEs. Known as the “independents”, they are world leaders in terms of innovation and discovering new music and artists - they produce more than 80% of all new releases. SME’s also produce 80% of Europe’s jobs. IMPALA has its own award schemes to help promote cultural diversity and new talent and highlight the artistic contribution of independent music. IMPALA award winning artists include Efterklang, Adele, Manu Chao, Radiohead, Agnes Obel, Caro Emerald and Sigur Ros.

Enquiries
Please visit http://www.impalamusic.org, email info@impalamusic.org or call the IMPALA office on +32 2 503 31 38.

 

 

 

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