Welsh Music Prize unveils 12-strong shortlist

Future Of The Left
Image caption Future Of The Left said their 2012 award 'meant a lot'

Styles ranging from folk rock to hip hop on albums by new and established artists are included on the shortlist for the third annual Welsh Music Prize.

2011 winner Gruff Rhys is nominated again in the guise of Neon Neon for the album Praxis Makes Perfect.

Award founder and Radio 1 presenter Huw Stephens said the shortlist was "an eclectic and exciting one" with the winner due to be announced in October.

The twelve contenders hope to emulate Future Of The Left who won in 2012.

Image caption Euros Childs - Summer Special. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci frontman's album is dubbed 'a perfect little world of mid-tempo, piano-based, chorus-heavy impressions'
Image caption Fist of the First Man - Fist of the First Man. The creation of Cardiff-based Tom Raybould with a mix of guitars and loops
Image caption Georgia Ruth - Week Of Pines. Debut album from harpist/singer from Aberystwyth
Image caption Lawrence Made Me Cry - The Diary of Me. 'Unashamedly eclectic' debut album by Cardiff based lo-fi folk/electronica artist Jo Whitby
Image caption Little Arrow - Wild Wishes. Second album of nu-folk from St Davids, Pembrokeshire
Image caption Metabeats - Caviar Crackle. Barry-based beats and hip-hop artist who has gathered vocalists and MCs from across the UK and US
Image caption Neon Neon - Praxis Makes Perfect. Previous award winner Gruff Rhys takes the subject of Italian activist Giangiacomo Feltrinelli
Image caption Race Horses - Furniture. Second album from Cardiff-based band, originially from Aberystwyth described by BBC Music as 'crisp, joyful art-pop'
Image caption Sweet Baboo - Ships. Singer-songwriter Stephen Black from Conwy, first nominated in 2011 and described as having 'an ear for a sparkling melody, a restless soul'
Image caption Trwbador - Trwbador. Carmarthenshire duo Angharad Van Rijswijk and Owain Gwilym's debut album
Image caption Winter Villains - February. Cardiff-based debut album from band which aims to be 'sparse, atmospheric, dark, yet somehow uplifting'
Image caption Zervas and Pepper - Lifebringer. Second album from Cardiff duo Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper, popular on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music

The shortlist of albums was drawn up by a panel of 100 people involved in the Welsh music scene.

Their choice includes both new and established artists, and material sung in English and Welsh.

The 2013 list includes a variety of acoustic-influenced song writing but also Metabeats, a Barry-based beats and hip-hop artist who gathered vocalists and MCs from across the UK and US for his project.

There are also established figures from the Welsh music scene in Gruff Rhys's Neon Neon - whose album was involved in a performance collaboration with National Theatre Wales - and Euros Childs of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci.

John Rostron, promoter and co-founder of the prize, said: "We know that people from all over the world use it as a starting point to dive into new music from Wales.

"It's wonderful that the Welsh Music Prize has begun to help acts from Wales reach new international audiences."

"Everyone should dip into this list and try some records that might be new to them."

Stephens said the judges had spoken up for the albums they felt "deserved a greater platform".

Cardiff-based four-piece Future of the Left won the 2012 award for their album The Plot Against Common Sense.

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