Polaris 2013 shortlist announced
– by Shawn Conner
Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. PST, the Polaris Music Prize announced the 10 albums that made the shortlist for 2013. Polaris head Steve Jordan welcomed hosts Kathleen Edwards and Shad, who read off the names.
There wasn’t much by way of banter, although Edwards did preface Metric‘s nomination by saying the band was “representing hotpants” (meaning singer Emily Haines‘ favourite stagewear). Edwards also asked where Shad is living these days, to which he replied “Vancouver, on Commercial Drive.” See ya at Prado CafÃ©, pal!
The Polaris 2013 shortlist:
Godspeed You Black Emperor, Don’t Bend, Ascend
Zaki Ibrahim, Every Opposite
Purity Ring, Shrines
Colin Stetson, New History of Warfare Vol 3
Tegan & Sara, Heartthrob
A Tribe Called Red, Nation to Nation
Whitehorse, The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss
Young Galaxy, Ultramarine
The winner will be announced Sept 23 in Toronto.
And now, for some editorializing…
This juror is a little disappointed with the list – only one of my shortlisters, Young Galaxy, made the cut.
Of those who did make it, the most obviously undeserving is Metz, at least in my opinion. I’ve tried and tried to get into this album but it is to my ears a tuneless mess. Although people say they put on a great live show. Also, I felt (and still feel) there are stronger electronic-pop albums, i.e. Doldrums, than Purity Ring’s Shrines. And I still do not get Godspeed You Black Emperor. There, I said it.