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- Posted on Jul 20th 2010 9:30AM by Chris Mugan
Talking to us immediately after the shortlist was announced today (July 20), the band's bassist Oliver Sim [pictured] said, "It's totally insane. I've really not taken it on board. Everyday has been something new. I feel a bit numb."
As previously reported by Spinner, the dozen nominees for this year's award were revealed at London private members' club Hospital. Chosen from a long-listed of over 200 albums by UK and Irish artists, the award serves to recognise the best music based purely on artistic merit, rather than commercial success, and is judged by a panel of fellow musicians, music journalists and industry figures.
Chair of the judges Simon Frith said of the nominees in a statement, "This year's Mercury list includes musicians from all stages of their careers and from contrasting parts of the British Isles."
He continued, "It features music that is urban and rural, light and dark, joyful and profound. The records have wit, an abundance of musical energy and their own distinct voices. There is music here to make you laugh, cry, dance and sing. Enjoy!"
With a prize of £20,000 ($45,000) up for grabs, Spinner wondered what the XX would do with the money if they won?
"Buy a studio," Sim replied.
Asked the same question, Villagers' Conor O'Brien replied, "How much? £20,000? There's money involved? I think I'd buy a giraffe."