The first ever Scottish Album of the Year Award has today unveiled its highly anticipated shortlist! Arranged by the Scottish Music Industry Association in order to celebrate the vast amount of exceptional music being created in Scotland, the SAY award aims to highlight not only the quality of music being produced in the country, but also the vast array of styles and genres.
From a long list of 20, a panel of judges (including The Line of Best Fit’s very own Features Ed, Francine Gorman) were invited to select nine albums to be considered for the competition prize, and a final tenth album was selected by a public vote.
The winner of the inaugral award will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow on 19 June, where the creator of the winning album will receive a £20,000 prize with each of the nine runners up receiving a prize of £1,000.
So, without further ado, the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2012 short list is as follows:
Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – Everything’s Getting Older
Conquering Animal Sound – Kammerspiel
Happy Particles – Under Sleeping Waves
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Mungo’s Hi Fi – Forward Ever
Remember Remember – The Quickening
Rustie – Glass Swords
Tommy Smith – Karma
Twin Atlantic – Free (Public Vote Winners)