The Mercury Music Prize short list was released the other day. It contained the usual mix and array of familiar and unfamiliar names. Lot of people have an opinion on what albums should be listed and I am one of them. The fact that the MMP overlooked Aidan John Moffat & Bill Wells “Everything’s Getting Older” makes me question their panels abilities to not have donkey cocks stuffed in their ears.
The poetic lyrics and rough delivery of vocals delivered by Aidan on the album is the equivalent of of a drunk forlorn angry John Keats. Bill Wells musical accompaniments to these dour yet poignant words is nothing short of angelic. Perhaps the MMP are having trouble relating to such a strong Scottish snapshot of various walks of life from unkempt council estates to fur coat no knickers urban mansions and the stories and lives that dwell within them . Maybe they didn’t manage too listen more than once. Maybe we shouldn’t care after all its the mercury music prize, and award shows are not what music is made for and if it is? it’ll probably end up winning the mercury music prize.