Pharoahe MonchLast week, the 12 nominees were announced for the annual Mercury Prize for the best album, released between Sept. 10, 2013 and Sept. 8, 2014, by a British or Irish artist: “One Breath” by Anna Calvi; “So Song, See You Tomorrow” by Bombay Bicycle Club; “Everyday Robots” by Damon Albarn; “Total Strife Forever” by East India Youth; “LP 1” by FKA Twigs; “V2.0” by GoGo Penguin; “Jungle” by Jungle; “Everybody Down” by Kate Tempest; “First Mind” by Nick Mulvey; “In Each and Every One” by Polar Bear; “Royal Blood” by Royal Blood and “Dead” by Young Fathers.

A panel of judges selected the dozen albums from among about 250 commercially available entrees. The same panel will choose the winner on the night of the awards ceremony, which this year will be held October 29.

A fantasy question: What would a list of albums by American artists released during the same period look like?

ReNewMusic is all about celebrating new music, but the inclusive of seven debut albums on the Mercury Prize list seems a bit excessive. The nominated albums by Anna Calvi and the jazz trio GoGo Penguin are their second releases; Bombay Bicycle Club’s nominated album is its fourth; Polar Bear’s its fifth. “Everyday Robots” is Albarn’s first solo album, but his bands Blur and Gorillaz were nominated in prior years. And though the rules say all forms of music are eligible, this year’s nominees follow a narrow path toward the cutting edge of rock and pop. No folk, traditional jazz or classical albums are among those nominated.

As for our fantasy list: Neither country nor Americana music is represented on the Mercury Prize list, an omission that would be unforgivable in the U.S. Thus, our first two nominees: Rosanne Cash’s “The River and the Thread”; and Sturgill Simpson’s “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.”

Albums by two experimental jazz groups – GoGo Penguin and Polar Bear – are nominated for the Mercury Prize. Since America is the birthplace of jazz, we’ll include two experimental-jazz albums as well: “Lipsomuch/Soul Searching” by Digital Primitives; and “Locus” by Chicago Underground Duo.

Electronic experimental music deserves a nod. Let’s include “R Plus Seven” by Oneohtrix Point Never.

“Lost in the Dream” by War on Drugs and “Is Exotic Bait” by French Style Furs will be our rock nominees. Beck’s “Morning Phase” is too beautiful to ignore and deserves a prominent spot on our list. So do Blood Orange’s “Cupid Deluxe” and Meshell Ndegeocello’s “Comet, Come to Me.” Pharoahe Monch’s “PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” is a superior hip-hop album and our 11th nominee.

Our 12th nominee: “Girl” by Pharrell Williams, a pop classic.

In our attempt to create an American approximation, we’ve omitted worthy albums from the September-to-September period by Amp Live, bEEgEEdEE, Theo Croker, the Delines, Gramercy Arms, Jenny Lewis, Jolie Holland, the Horrors, Merchandise, Radio Moscow, St. Vincent, Shabazz Palaces and many other U.S. artists. Billy Childs’ gorgeous “Map to the Treasure: Re-Imagining Laura Nyro” was released on September 9 – one day after the deadline we imposed by following the Mercury Prize dates.

So that’s the ReNewMusic fantasy list. Another question: What albums would you include on your America-only Mercury Prize-ish list?