Mirel Wagner has become the first Finnish musician to win the Phonophile Nordic Music Prize.
The Finnish singer-songwriter, signed to Sub Pop, released When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day last August has won the Phonophile Nordic Music Prize for the best Nordic album of 2014.
The jury panel, comprising Laurence Bell (Domino), Jeannette Lee (Rough Trade), Jonathan Galkin (DFA), Jude Rogers (The Guardian) and Andres Lokko (SVD) said of the record:
“This album showcases a strong, intense new voice that feels like it’s coming from somewhere deep and true. As a set of restrained and alluring short stories, gorgeously sung and played, this record keeps pulling you back into its world. and, please, don’t be scared by the title!”
The runners up were Selvhenter’s Motions of Large Bodies and Iceage’s Plowing Into The Field Of Love.
The full nominated shortlist can be found below:
Emilie Nicolas (NO) – Like I’m a Warrior
Gracias (FI) – Elengi
Iceage (DK) – Plowing Into the Field of Love
Lorentz (SE) – Kärlekslåtar
Lykke Li (SE) – I Never Learn
Neneh Cherry (SE) – Blank Project
Mirel Wagner (FI) – When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day
MØ (DK) – No Mythologies to Follow
Pink Street Boys (ICE) – Trash From the Boys
Prinspóló (ICE) – Sorrí
Selvhenter (DK) – Motions of Large Bodies
Todd Terje (NO) – It’s Album Time