Support for music in Scotland has been given a much needed boost with the creation of The Scottish Album of the Year Award and a £20,000 grand prize.
The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) has announced the inaugural longlist for The Scottish Album of the Year Award. The twenty nominees were chosen from eligible albums released in the 2011 calendar year. After listening to several of the nominees I was impressed by the level of talent and the variety of genres, with Scotland currently producing some of the UK’s most talented new artists.
“We’re extremely honoured and proud to have made the long list for the inaugural Scottish Album of the Year Award. There is an abundance of great music being produced in Scotland every year and I hope that this new award helps us celebrate it and share it.” – Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai
The longlist will be cut in half to a total of 10 nominees on 19 May, at meeting by a panel of judges. The public will have a chance to vote for their favourite album of the list, with the one with the most votes guaranteed to have a place in the final shortlist. The public vote takes place from May 14th at SAYaward.com.
The winning album will be announced at a prestigious ceremony in Glasgow Film City on Tuesday 19 June, earning a grand prize of £20,000. The nine runners-up will each receive £1,000.
“In such a nation of music lovers, it’s no surprise that The Scottish Album of the Year Award is such an eclectic and entertaining list and brimming with talent. In this Year of Creative Scotland, the Awards are a brilliant way to raise the profile of our musicians. Congratulations to all of the artists!” – Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland
The Scottish Album of the Year Longlist is (in alphabetical order):
· 6th Borough Project “One Night In the Borough”
· Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat “Everything’s Getting Older”
· Bwani Junction “Fully Cocked”
· Chris Stout’s Brazilian Theory “Live In Concert”
· Conquering Animal Sound “Kammerspiel”
· FOUND “factorycraft”
· Fudge Fingas “Now About How”
· Happy Particles “Under Sleeping Waves”
· Jonny “Jonny”
· King Creosote & Jon Hopkins “Diamond Mine”
· Mogwai “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will”
· Mungo’s Hi Fi “Forward Ever”
· Muscles Of Joy “Muscles Of Joy”
· Remember Remember “The Quickening”
· Richard Craig “Inward”
· Rustie “Glass Swords”
· Steve Mason & Dennis Bovell “Ghosts Outside”
· Tommy Smith “Karma”
· Twin Atlantic “Free”
· We Were Promised Jetpacks “In The Pit Of the Stomach”
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice
Song links to a few of my favourite tracks that I have heard so far from the nominees are embedded below.
6th Borough Project – “If The Feelings Right” from One Night In The Borough:
FOUND – “Johnny I Can’t Walk The Line” from Factoycraft:
We Were Promised Jetpacks – “Medicine” from In The Pit Of the Stomach:
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