As we get close to June, it means that I’ve got to start eliminating the pretenders from the contenders for the 2012 Polaris Prize. There are countless records that deserve to be on my ballot and won’t get included, and like any subjective vote, there will be adoration showered on records I can’t stand. So be it.

I try to keep an active list of my “favorite records” but the Polaris mandate asks for more than just good records. The goal is to find a record that is as close to perfect as an artist can get. It’s not about a few great songs, and can’t just be a collection of thoughts. Ideally, this record should be a start-to-finish vision executed with skill, and show true artistic merit.

As of today, I have a list of fifteen records that could make the final ballot, but need to spend a few weeks with these records before I make the final decision. Here are the first five.


Artist: Mark Davis
Album: Eliminate the Toxins
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2011/06/best-of-11-mark-davis-eliminate-the-toxins.htm

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MP3:: Mark Davis – Eliminate the Toxins
Web:: http://www.markdavismusic.ca/


Artist: Ox
Album: tUCo
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2011/11/best-of-11-ox-tuco.htm

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MP3:: Ox – What I Love About Cars
Web:: http://www.oxmusic.ws/


Artist: Apollo Ghosts
Album: Landmark
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2012/04/favorites-of-12-apollo-ghosts-landmark.htm

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MP3:: Apollo Ghosts – Newcastle
Web:: http://apolloghosts.bandcamp.com/


Artist: Bry Webb
Album: Provider
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2011/11/best-of-11-bry-webb-provider.htm


Web:: http://www.harbourcoats.ca/


Artist: Modulok
Album: You Look So Tragic
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2012/04/modulok-you-look-so-tragic.htm


Web:: http://modulok.bandcamp.com/