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 last five.


Artist: Adam & the Amethysts
Album: Flickering Flashligth
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2011/09/best-of-11-adam-the-amethysts-flickering-flashlight.htm

Web:: http://adamandtheamethysts.com/


Artist: The Barr Brothers
Album: self-titled
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2011/08/reviews-the-barr-brothers-self-titled.htm


WEB:: http://thebarrbrothers.com/


Artist: Cold Specks
Album: I Predict a Graceful Expulsion
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2012/05/reviews-cold-specks-i-predict-a-graceful-expulsion.htm

Stream:: Cold Specks – Reeling the Liars In (Swans)

Web:: http://coldspecks.com/


Artist: The Wooden Sky
Album: Every child a daughter, every moon a sun
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2012/02/favorites-of-12-the-wooden-sky-every-child-a-daughter-every-moon-a-sun.htm


WEB:: http://thewoodenskymusic.com/home/


Artist: Japandroids
Album: Celebration Rock
Review: Coming soon.

WEB:: http://japandroids.com/