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Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Silicon, Princess Chelsea, and more up for New Zealand's Taite Prize

17 February 2016, 12:12 | Written by Laurence Day

New Zealand's Taite Prize has announced its 2016 (long) shortlist, featuring Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Silicon, Princess Chelsea, and more.

Gin Wigmore and Fat Freddy's Drop are also in the running for the prize, which is given in Auckland on 20 April.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra scooped the prize in 2012 for their self-titled debut, and Lorde walked home with the gon in 2014 for Pure Heroine. Last year's prize was won by Jakob for Sines.

The Taite Prize is awarded every year in honour of Dylan Taite, a New Zealand music journalist who passed away in 2003. It's given each year to the "most creative NZ album released annually".

Taite Prize 2016 shortlist:

Anthonie Tonnon - Successor
Avalanche City - We Are For The Wild Places
Bellfrog - The First, The Fool
Bespin - Osiris
Cairo Knife Fight - The Colossus
Carb On Carb - Carb On Carb
David Kilgour And Sam Hunt - The 9th
Death And The Maiden - Death And The Maiden
Delaney Davidson - Lucky Guy
Diaz Grimm - Osiris
Don McGlashan - Lucky Stars
Eb & Sparrow - Sun/Son
Eden Mulholland - Hunted Haunted
Ekko Park - Know Hope
Fat Freddy’s Drop - Bays
Gin Wigmore - Blood To Bone
Glass Vaults - Sojourn
Hopetoun Brown - Burning Fuse
Jonathan Bree - A Little Night Music
Jono Heyes - Le Fisherboy
Left or Right - Trippy
Li’l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine - Blues In Full Swing
Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams
Matthew Young - Dive EP
Mel Parsons - Drylands
Nadia Reid - Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs
New Gum Sarn - New Gold Mountain
Nicole Andrews - In The Shallows
Paper Cranes 折り鶴 - The Road Home
Princess Chelsea - The Great Cybernetic Depression
Proton Beast - Digitizer
Salad Boys - Metalmania
She’s So Rad - Tango
Silicon - Personal Computer
SJD - Saint John Divine
Sonic Delusion - Without Warning
Sunken Seas - Glass
Tablefox - OBJECTS
Tami Neilson - Don’t Be Afraid
The Chills - Silver Bullets
The Frank Burkitt Band - Fools & Kings
The Impending Adorations - Threshold
The Phoenix Foundation - Give Up Your Dreams
The Shifting Sands - Cosmic Radio Station
The Warratahs - Runaway Days
Tiny Ruins & Hamish Kilgour - Hurtling Through
Trinity Roots - Citizen
Tunes Of I - Restless
Tyra Hammond - Tyra Hammond EP
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi Love
Villainy - Dead Sight
Yoko-Zuna - This Place Here

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