IMPALA music prize goes to Guadalupe Plata for the best European Independent Album of the Year
Spanish band Guadalupe Plata’s self-titled album has won the annual European ‘Mercury-style’ music prize organised by IMPALA for the best independent album in Europe.
A shortlist of 24 European independent releases from 2013 pitched Guadalupe Plata against a variety of artists representing various music genres and including Alborosie, Sigur Ros, Agnes Obel, Junip, Elisa, Iceage, Milky Chance, Birdpen, Woodkid as well as IMPALA’s Outstanding Contribution Award winner Armin van Buuren. The full list of nominees is available here.
This album is the first one that Guadalupe Plata has released through Everlasting Records, the Madrid-based label that has also released material by Emerge, Aaron Thomas, Los Punsetes and 2010 IMPALA Album of the Year Award nominee El Guincho.
Guadalupe Plata succeeds last year’s winner ‘Coexist' by The xx.
Guadalupe Plata’s members commented: “We're all big music fans and if you are really into music, you look around the records you have at home and most of them tend to have been produced by small, independent labels. So it's very pleasing that the people who represent those labels are listening to our music and enjoying it. All the work we've done outside Spain has been in the Americas. It looks like we've got some new countries to visit now, in Europe!”
Everlasting Records founder Mark Kitcatt added: “I first came across Guadalupe Plata at the UFI awards, a couple of years ago They played one song and it was arresting - they are utterly compelling. If you listen to the record it has that sense of space, and of night, and that bounce that run through all great rock'n'roll music. Like somehow, rock'n'roll had been invented by olive pickers in Jaén, Andalucia!”
Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA, commented: “The shortlist was full of great albums, and the result was close but Guadalupe Plata is the well deserved winner. When I heard this album I was sure it would be one of the top contenders.”
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