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The shortlist for the inaugural Scottish Album of the Year Award has been unveiled.

A sort of Caledonian counterpart to the Mercury, the Scottish Album of the Year Award is a brave attempt to let the world know about the nation's rich music scene. Launched late last year, a host of industry figures were approached to have their say.

Whittling down the entries, the public were allowed to have a measure of input. Now the shortlist for the first ever Scottish Album of the Year award has been announced - full details below:

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)

The winning album will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow Film City on June 19th. Have they missed your favourite? Have your say in the comments section below...

For now: some quotes from the artists.

“I'm honoured, humbled and proud to be part of what I hope will become a permanent fixture in Scotland's music scene. It's worked well so far – I've discovered some great records I'd never have heard of otherwise, but it also appears that I know at least half of the shortlist, so whatever the outcome I'm pretty much guaranteed a cracking night out.” Aidan Moffat

"Brilliant news that we've made the shortlist - making the longlist was great for us, but to be considered one of the ten best Scottish albums for 2011 is a real honour. We're in great company as well, so looking forward to the final result!" James Scott, Conquering Animal Sound

“It's still mind blowing to us that complete strangers appear to keep the record close to their hearts, it's genuinely touching, thank you.” Steven Kane, Happy Particles

"Jon Hopkins and I are proud as punch to end up on the short list for the newest and coolest of prizes, the SAY Award. Of all the awards ‘Diamond Mine’ has been nominated for and subsequently lost, losing this one will smart most." King Creosote

"It's a huge honour for Mogwai to be part of the short list for the first Scottish Album Of The Year award. We're in great company on the list with some truly remarkable records made by some exceptional musicians and song writers. I think the award has highlighted how much great music is produced in Scotland every year and we're delighted to be part of it." Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai

“We are thankful for the support from the massive and promise to spend every penny into developing 360° of the Scottish scene, through promotions, music and video productions, collaborations, bringing visiting artists and touring Scottish talent around the world, proving that you can run a world act without being based in London.” Doug Paine, Mungo’s Hi Fi

"Regardless of who wins, I just hope that the award brings all of these great albums (short and longlisted) into the homes of people across the world who otherwise might not have ever heard of them. This is so surreal, I feel like Susan Boyle”. Graeme Ronald, Remember Remember

"Super happy to be considered for this award, recognition is always nice but this is particularly special as it's from my homeland." Rustie

"I am so very honoured and flabbergasted to be considered for the short list. This recognition will go a long way to cradling the miniscule and spontaneous genre I represent. Many congratulations to the SMIA for supporting Scotland with this brave new initiative. I wish everyone great success and many thanks for the vote of confidence." Tommy Smith

"We are extremely honoured to be on the short list of contenders for the inaugural Scottish Album of the Year Award. This is a fantastic platform for Scottish artists who are sometimes overlooked for more UK wide accolades. We hope this award that will grow to rival the UK’s more established awards." Ross McNae, Twin Atlantic

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