Annual album prize will be awarded next week (October 29)
Albarn is currently third favourite to win the award, alongside FKA Twigs, East India Youth and Kate Tempest, with his solo album ‘Everyday Robots’.
Speaking in an official Mercury Prize video interview you can see below, Jamie T says: “I love this album because it’s a sensitive, personal record that has many layers to it. I can hear things about Damon that you wouldn’t have known before. I think it’s a complete masterpiece.”
“I think it’s a terribly brave thing to do, to do a solo record,” he continues. “It’s an incredibly honest record and I imagine that was incredibly hard to nail down. I love the way that it sounds and there are moments on the record that you can hear bits and pieces of the past. People said you never see enough of Damon but I think this puts all of his past work into some sort of narrative of his own and proves that it was always him all along.”
Jamie T’s interview is one of many from artists and music industry figures selecting their own personal favourites from the Mercury Prize nominees. Among others, Zane Lowe backs Royal Blood to triumph, Huw Stephens talks up East India Youth‘s chances and Sara Cox explains why she thinks FKA Twigs should win.
The Mercury Prize 2014 winner will be announced at London’s Roundhouse on October 29. James Blake won last year for his second album ‘Overgrown’, while Alt-J’s debut ‘An Awesome Wave’ won in 2012.
Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominees, with odds from William Hill, are:
FKA Twigs – ‘LP1’ (3/1)
Kate Tempest – ‘Everybody Down’ (4/1)
Damon Albarn – ‘Everyday Robots’ (8/1)
Royal Blood – ‘Royal Blood’ (9/2)
Nick Mulvey – ‘First Mind’ (8/1)
East India Youth – ‘Total Strife Forever’ (8/1)
Jungle – ‘Jungle’ (10/1)
Young Fathers – ‘Dead’ (12/1)
Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ (12/1)
Anna Calvi – ‘One Breath’ (14/1)
Polar Bear – ‘In Each And Every One’ (16/1)
GoGo Penguin – ‘v2.0’ (16/1)
Meanwhile, Damon Albarn recently said that a new album by his side-project The Good, The Bad & The Queen is fully written, and that he is in the process of bringing Gorillaz back to life too.
Albarn’s band – which also features The Clash bassist Paul Simonon, The Verve guitarist Simon Tong and drummer Tony Allen – were last seen performing two gigs in London in November 2011. The group’s self-titled debut album was released in 2007.