The Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ celebrate and promote the best of British music recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres. The shortlist was chosen by an independent judging panel and was revealed on Lauren Laverne’s show on BBC Radio 6 Music. The albums were announced one-by-one and there were interviews with some of the shortlisted artists.
ANNA MEREDITH – FIBS
– BBC FEATURE –
Scottish composer Anna Meredith has been a composer-in-residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, made music for park benches in Hong Kong, opened the first night of the Proms with a piece commemorating the end of World War 1, and created orchestral arrangements for Laura Marling and Sigur Ros.
The songs on her second solo album, Fibs, are in perpetual motion, skipping deftly between moods and sounds, whether she’s layering up arpeggiated synths, thrashing a hair metal guitar, or making “bangery pop pop” on the elegaic Inhale Exhale.
The critics say: “It’s a frankly overwhelming listen first time around, with everything tearing along at 100 miles an hour, but it’s all fizzing and crackling so exhilaratingly that you’re happy to let her sweep you along.” [DIY Magazine]
“One of the most innovative minds in modern British music ” – Pitchfork
“Meredith and her band excel at…surprising you into hearing classical instruments anew” – The Guardian
“Uncategorisable electronic musician and composer” – Wire
“Meredith is a classically trained beatsmith who uses her highbrow skillset to experimental ends with thrilling results” – Diva