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Anna Meredith wins Scottish Album Of The Year Award

By | Published on Friday 1 July 2016

Anna Meredith

Anna Meredith has won this year’s Scottish Album Of The Year Award, as well she should. ‘Varmints’ should probably receive any award you’ve got going, so this is a good one to start with.

“It has been a total honour and a privilege to be on the longlist and shortlist for the SAY Award”, said Meredith. “It has been great getting to know all of the other albums and during these politically difficult times to see positivity, creativity and spirit coming out of the longlist and shortlist. Thank you to all of those artists. Huge thanks to the SAY Award and my long suffering and hugely talented band who helped me make this real labour of love”.

Of the album, she adds: “Pacing is a physical thing. I can feel when stuff has to happen in a track. I knew I wanted ‘Varmints’ to end privately but start confidently, have moments of privacy and moments of power and build. I love writing a build – my friends talk about ‘the Meredith Build’! I love the feeling of ‘get on board, we’re building up now!’ Even if you’re dancing at a club, there’s an amazing transparency to a build. When somebody is creating anticipation, it’s a very communal experience and I don’t like hiding those structures”.

Here’s the video for ‘Taken’ from ‘Varmints’.