Launched three years ago, the SAY Award - Scottish Album of the Year - is a sort of Caledonian counterpart for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
Always raising debate, a host of judges recently sat down to focus on this year's long list. Confirmed just a few moments ago, the long list looks as follows:
Adam Holmes and the Embers - 'Heirs and Graces'
Adam Stafford - 'Imaginary Walls Collapse'
Biffy Clyro - 'Opposites'
Boards of Canada - 'Tomorrow's Harvest'
Camera Obscura - 'Desire Lines'
CHVRCHES - 'The Bones Of What You Believe'
Dunedin Consort (Dir. John Butt) - 'J. S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos'
Edwyn Collins - 'Understated'
Frightened Rabbit - 'Pedestrian Verse'
Hector Bizerk - 'Nobody Seen Nothing'
Kid Canaveral - 'Now That You Are a Dancer'
Mogwai - 'Les Revenants'
Rick Redbeard - 'No Selfish Heart'
RM Hubbert - 'Breaks & Bone'
Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire - 'Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire'
Scottish Chamber Orchestra (R. Ticciati) - 'Berlioz: Les Nuit D’été'
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - 'In The Spirit Of Duke'
Steve Mason - 'Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time'
The Pastels - 'Slow Summits-
Young Fathers - 'Tape Two'
A few artist quotes...
Biffy Clyro: "We’re delighted to be longlisted for The SAY Award, alongside some of our favourite Scottish artists!"
Camera Obscura (Tracyanne Campbell): "It's great to know we can be on our fifth album and be considered for awards like this. We're very pleased."
CHVRCHES: "As is generally the case, it has been a wonderful year for Scottish music. We're genuinely honoured and thrilled to see our album in the mix for The SAY Award."
Edwyn Collins: "I'm flattered and delighted, immensely so, for 'Understated' to be selected. This album was important to me, I felt full of confidence once more. Hooray for SAY!"
Frightened Rabbit: "It's a great honour for 'Pedestrian Verse' to be included on the SAY Awards longlist alongside Scotland's finest artists and bands. We're very proud of the album and it's wonderful for it to be recognised in this way. Scotland's music scene is amongst the most productive, creative and energetic of any country in the world and this award list serves to highlight that fact."
Mogwai: "It's an honour to have 'Les Revenants' long listed for the SAY award. We've been really taken aback by how people have taken to the record and know that we'll be in esteemed company as last year was a really special year for Scottish music."
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