‘Saturn’ by NAO shortlisted for 2019 Mercury Prize

Saturn by NAO has been shortlisted for the 2019 Mercury Prize.

Released in October 2018 via RCA Records, Saturn features the singles ‘Another Lifetime’ and ‘Make It Out Alive’ (feat. SiR). The album provides the follow-up to NAO’s 2016 debut, For All We Know.

Speaking about the concept behind the album, NAO said, “my friends kept telling me about the term ‘Saturn Returns’. It’s this idea that Saturn takes 29 years to orbit from when you’re born and it is the planet of blessings and growth. So by the time you’re around 29, between 27 and 32, something big happens in your life. It’s like waking up and coming of age, like, ‘I’ve been going through my twenties and what have I been doing in this relationship? What have I been doing in this job?’ You start to rethink everything – old stuff that your parents taught you or ideas that you believed in. It’s like a complete shedding of skin and it can be painful.”

The Hyundai Mercury Prize Albums of the Year celebrate and promote the best of British and Irish music, recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres.

The winner will be announced at the 2019 Awards Show, taking place at London’s Eventim Apollo on Thursday 19th September. The event will be broadcast live on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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