Nevermore & Kosmonaut Are Nominated for Anděl Award

29 January 2019, 2:00
Nevermore & Kosmonaut Are Nominated for Anděl Award

The Brno groups Nevermore & Kosmonaut have been nominated for an Anděl (Angel) Award in the folk category. Their album Bleděmodré město (Pale Blue City) is inspired by Brno. The prize-giving ceremony will be broadcast live by the Czech TV channel ČT1 at the beginning of March this year.

These prestigious prizes are awarded by the Czech Academy of Music. The winners of the individual categories will be given their Anděl awards in Prague’s Karlín Forum. The prize-giving ceremony will be broadcast live on 5 March 2019 by the Czech TV channel ČT1. In the Folk genre, the academicians have also nominated the groups Žamboši and AG Flek. Nevermore & Kosmonaut are the only representatives of Brno. 

The idea of a collection of songs inspired by Brno arose from a desire to create new songs for the group with a unifying idea. The singer and songwriter of the group, Michal Kosmonaut Šimíček, explains further“I have always been fascinated by the city and I wanted to get to know it better. Most of what I wrote actually happened on the night-time streets. I wrote in the entrance to the railway station from where wartime transports departed, went to chat in little bars in the ‘ghetto’, swam in the night-time river and with my eyes closed I walked the streets accompanied by the clock so as to catch the voice of the city. The lyrics concern Brno in various aspects – from specific places, historical events, things particular to Brno and even the purely private relationship to the house where I was born, which now no longer exists. Pale Blue City is not the tale of the city, but a mosaic of tales that did or might have happened there,” The music was created by the group as a whole and the recordings also include some authentic sounds of the city.

Photo from the band´s archive

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