Polaris Podcast EP18 Examines 2018 Short List
The 10-album 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List has arrived. To document this important occasion we gathered three jurors — Ian Steaman, Laura Stanley and Marc-André Mongrain — to weigh in on each album for the Polaris Podcast.
Stanley talked about the gravity behind Jeremy Dutcher’s Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa.
“It’s about a lot of things, but one of which is linguistic reclamation. His language, there’s only a couple hundred speakers of it left, and that was of course something that was very concerning,” said Stanley.
Mongrain was taken by the Prince-meets-Bowie vibe of Hubert Lenoir’ Darlène.
“It really has a cool, vintage sound to it, and I think the persona really adds a lot to the record,” said Mongrain.
Daniel Caesar’s Freudian moved Steaman.
“Within two or three listens I was like, ‘This is a really, really special record.’ Kind of a generational record in my mind,” said Steaman.
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