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The Jesus and Mary Chain, King Creosote and SACRED PAWS are among the artists named in the Scottish Album of the Year Award longlist.
The twenty artists were announced at a special ceremony last night (24 May) at the O2 ABC in Glasgow.
Now in its sixth year, The SAY Award boasts a £20,000 prize for the winner and nine runners-up prizes of £1,000 each.
The public can listen to and learn more each album on The SAY Award longlist by visiting sayaward.com where there will be two featured albums every day from Monday 29 May.
Chosen from almost 300 eligible albums, the longlist was narrowed down by 100 impartial industry nominators. This will be whittled down to a shortlist of 10 – one chosen by the public via a 72-hour online vote (12-14 June) with the other nine chosen by an independent judging panel.
The SAY Award shortlist will be announced on 15 Juneas part of a special BBC Radio Scotland Quay Sessions, before the award ceremony itself takes place on 28 June.
Robert Kilpatrick, Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) projects and operations manager, said: ‘What an incredibly strong, diverse and important list of contemporary Scottish records, all being championed and celebrated through The SAY Award.
‘The announcement of the longlist is one of the most exciting parts of The SAY Award campaign, and is without doubt when the award is at its most potent.’
The longlist is below:
Adam Holmes and The Embers – Brighter Still
C Duncan – The Midnight Sun
Ela Orleans – Circles of Upper and Lower Hell
Fatherson – Open Book
Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack
Honeyblood – Babes Never Die
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Damage and Joy
King Creosote – Astronaut Meets Appleman
Konx-om-Pax – Caramel
Meursault – I Will Kill Again
Modern Studies – Swell To Great
Mogwai – Atomic
Pictish Trail – Future Echoes
Rachel Newton – Here’s My Heart Come Take It
RM Hubbert – Telling The Trees
Sacred Paws – Strike A Match
Starless – Starless
Teenage Fanclub – Here
TeenCanteen – Say It All With A Kiss
Vukovi – Vukovi
Ever since 2009, the multi-limbed, so-called ‘ethnic pop’ of the Flamingods has been lighting up the musical underground.
Over the course of numerous releases and extensive UK and international touring, the outfit has become one of the most unique, with their riotous ‘carnival of noise’ winning them fans across the board.
Supported by PRS Foundation to play at SXSW and Tallinn Music Week, the band are now gearing up for greater success with new music due out via Moshi Moshi and a series of gigs at this year’s Great Escape festival making them THE buzz band to see. Their energetic, colourful performances and melting pot of sonic styles makes their sound pretty hard to resist as evidenced by the packed shows they played in Brighton.
We caught up with them after their appearance at the PRS Foundation’s International Showcase Fund gig to learn more about new music, how they’ve grown their sound as well as the importance of music industry support…
Ball Park Music have shared an update from the studio, indicating that they’re getting really stuck into their next album.
The band only released their fourth album Every Night The Same Dream last year but they’ve never been ones to waste time in between albums. Since the beginning of their career there has never been more than a two year gap between releases.
“Sooooo… we’re knee-deep in the making of another album,” they wrote on Facebook.
Even the band admit that they didn’t see this one coming so “quickly” but they had an, “unexpected burst of writing”.
“Songs were blooming all over the yard. It felt easy and natural and beautiful and we’ve just rolled with it.”
They’re currently recording in their own studio they built in Brisbane and while they’ve said it’s “feeling spectacular”, they’re not willing to spill what the songs are sounding like just yet.
Frontman Sam Cromack told triple j that it might still be a little while before they share any new music too.
“There’ll be new music soon enough [but] I think everyone probably wants a break from us to be honest,” he said.
Check out the post plus a few cheeky studio shots below.
Childish Gambino‘s ‘Redbone’ may have been released last year but it’s only just being given the meme treatment.
For reasons unbeknownst to most, Twitter has lit up with memes revolving around the song and the premise is pretty simple. Basically, it’s what the song would sound like if it were played it a number of scenarios.
It all started with someone uploading a muffled sound clip of what the song would sound like if it were being played while you were in the bathroom at a house party.
It’s now extended to things like, “What ‘Redbone’ would sound like if you turned off the lights” and “What Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” would sound like if you were on the internet in 2009.”
‘Redbone’ is just one in a string of songs that have been turned into viral sensations. Rae Sremmurd’s ‘Black Beatles’, Migos’ ‘Bad And Boujee’ and Bag Raiders’ ‘Shooting Stars’ have all found success in the past year after the internet turned them into viral hits.
‘Redbone’ is already a hit here in Australia. It placed number five in the Hottest 100 earlier this year but it may be set for a resurgence.