Tag Archives: Mercury Prize

Favourite Gig: Benjamin Clementine

Benjamin Clementine, the British composer, pianist and singer with an intense voice, won the 2015 Mercury Prize for Best Album with his debut, ‘At Least for Now’ (2015). He’s back for the second year in a row at the Guitar BCN festival, this time with ‘An Evening with Benjamin Clementine & His Parisian String Quintet’, where Clementine takes the stage at the Tívoli along with five renowned French string players, including Barbara Le Liepvre on the cello.

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Hit of the week: Nick Mulvey ‘Unconditional’

The wonderful Nick Mulvey has announced his return today, with a stunning new track, video and a couple of UK tour dates

Unconditional is his first new music since 2015’s Mercury Prize-nominated debut album First Mind, and is an utterly spellbinding piece, accompanied by a beautiful video directed by Bjork collaborator Bastian Glaessner.

At least, Benjamin Clementine

Benjamin Clementine grew up reading the poetry of William Blake and TS Eliot, but what changed his life was the keyboard one of his brothers bought for him and the discovery of a roster of musicians ranging from Erik Satie to Antony & The Johnsons. His first EP, ‘Cornerstone’, received rave reviews, and his debut album, ‘At Least for Now’, won the prestigious Mercury Prize for the best new album of 2015. Clementine’s moving voice tells stories of love and loss, hope and despair, in lyrical songs that he plays at the piano. These are personal experiences from a self-taught British musician who spent long periods living in the streets in the UK and France, but they are also shared by many listeners who identify with and are touched by the extraordinary talent of one of the most unusual musicians to have emerged in recent times. Tonight at Palau de la Música.

Into the breath-taking realm of C.Duncan

Visual artist and a musician with a very solid musical training background with a degree music composition from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Christopher Duncan has put all his experience and emotion into “Architect”, a gem of electronic pop and lush folk with which this young artist from Glasgow delves into the realms of both Sufjan Stevens and Jeff Buckley always with an eye to the future. A talent in the making that was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2015 thanks to his ability to bring together incredible melodies and breath-taking songs. Primavera Club present him tonight at sala Apolo.

Les muses de La Musa: PJ Harvey

La Musa ens presenta uns de les “muses” del rock actual: PJ Harvey. Després de sacsejar Anglaterra – i ja posats, bona part del planeta- amb el colpidor “Let England Shake”, PJ Harvey torna a la càrrega amb un nou treball “The Community of Hope” amb el qual afegirà un nou capítol a una de les carreres més impecables i ingovernables que ha donat el rock en les últimes dècades. Més de vint anys després de debutar amb “Dry” i després de fer història amb treballs com “Rid On Me” o “Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea”, la de Dorset segueix forjant la seva llegenda a força de cantar-li a la vida, a la mort i a la guerra i d’alternar les descàrregues elèctriques amb les carícies més amargues. D’aquí és d’on van sorgir precisament el magistral “Let England Shake”, guardonat amb el Mercury Prize de 2011, i “The Hollow Of The Hand”, col·lecció de poemes il·lustrada pel fotògraf Seamus Murphy que Harvey va publicar l’any passat.La veurem enguany al Primavera Sound.