blog :: Polaris Prize :: 2014 Long List

Polaris2014-longlistIt’s that time of year again: music festivals are in full swing, patio season is well under way, and the cool cats at Polaris Music Prize announced the long list of 40 nominees.

Last year’s honour went to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and now there’s a whole slew of musicians hoping to follow in those weighty footsteps.

We at Raz Mataz are particularly excited since many of the names we wanted to see on the list are on the list (and great musicians getting the recognition they deserve makes us happy).

Arcade Fire (obviously) made the list with Reflektor. They’re kind of a show-in with these kinds of things. They won in 2011 with The Suburbs, and Sarah said the band out-did themselves with this latest release.

Austra also made the long list with Olympia, which Cassandra said showcased a cleaner aspect of the trio’s musicality.

Marc-Antoine called ‘Come Alive’, a single off of Chromeo’s nominated album White Women, a motivating pick-up, while Erwin called Drake’s Nothing was the Same a look into the Toronto rapper’s world.

JessyLanza-PullMyHairBackKyla said Jessy Lanza’s debut Pull My Hair Back surpassed her expectations.

Kyla was also drawn to Mac DeMarco’s beautifully lethargic Salad Days, while Marc-Antoine couldn’t get enough of Moonface’s Julia With Blue Jeans On.

As for me, I was very pleasantly surprised to see Pink Mountaintops’ Get Back on the Polaris List. The album managed to creep its way to my consciousness and become one of the favourites of the year. I didn’t expect to like the album, almost as much as I didn’t expect to see it long-listed. But I love it and I’m so happy it’s being recognized.

You can see the full list here.

Let us know in the comments who you think was unfairly left off and who you think should have been cut. Let’s chat!

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