The SAY Awards are an annual celebration of the best new music coming out of Scotland, drawing attention to most innovative and prestigious albums of each given year. Since 2012, the prize has been rewarding the musicians and albums that have positively impacted the Scottish music scene, with artists, labels and the general public getting involved in the nomination process.
With all the eligible albums finalised, the list has been whittled down by 100 impartial ‘Nominators’ who were asked to choose their top five albums. The highest scoring albums from this process make up the Say Award Longlist for 2017, which was announced this evening at the Scottish Music Industry Association’s Live at the Longlist event.
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
A panel of judges will soon be picking their top nine albums from the longlist, with one other album being chosen by the public during a 72-hour vote from 12–14 Jun. The shortlist of 10 albums will be announced on 15 Jun, with the final award ceremony taking place on 28 Jun in Paisley’s Town Hall.
The shortlisted artists will be in the running for the £20,000 prize as well as the all-important title of Scottish Album of the Year 2017, joining the company of past winners Anna Meredith, Kathryn Joseph, Youth Fathers, RM Hubbert and Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat.
PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Reno.