Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks has revealed the group began work on a new album towards the end of last year, and band-mate Felix White believes it is shaping up to be the best of their career to date.
The 58th anual Ivor Novello Awards which celebrates songwriting ability announced its 2013 nominees shortlist today. The annual awards are highly prized because they are voted for by songwriters and composers.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in central London on Thursday, May 16. Jake Bugg’s ‘Two Fingers‘ is up against ‘Laura‘ by Bat For Lashes and Emeli Sande’s ‘Next To Me‘ in the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category. Alt-J, Plan B and The Maccabees will go head to head in the Best Contemporary Song category while Plan B is also nominated for Best Original Film Score category for his film Ill Manors.
Our Essential Listening 2012 series concludes today with The Albums.
From the ‘cohesion through experimentation’ of Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism, through the ‘muscular power ballads, stirring, keyboard-led harmonies and call-and-response choruses’ that inform The Killers’ return with ‘Battle Born’, to the ‘sheer magnetism and unwavering belief’ which made ‘Blunderbuss’ such a successful solo debut for Jack White, we feel this rundown highlights some of the year’s truly outstanding releases that everyone should make an effort to check out.
And don’t forget, there’s only room for one place each on our Essential Listening Series, so if your favourite artist of the year isn’t included in this particular rundown, make sure you check through our previous lists to see if they’ve made an appearance elsewhere. And after that, if they’re still nowhere to be seen, maybe you should leave a comment below to let us know about it.
The Maccabees will start work on a new album early next year, according to bandmates Felix White and Orlando Weeks.
While they may have missed out on the night’s big award, like their fellow eleven Mercury Prize shortlisted acts The Maccabees were presented with a special statuette in recognition of their nomination this year. By the end of the ceremony though, it appears the band had been a touch careless with their trophy.
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