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Scottish Album Of The Year longlist announced

By | Published on Friday 18 September 2020

Scottish Album Of The Year Award

The longlist for this year’s Scottish Album Of The Year Award has been announced. It’s a strong list, with artists including Anna Meredith, Blanck Mass, Erland Cooper and Shhe. Oh, and Lewis Capaldi, of course.

“This year’s longlist showcases 20 outstanding albums and it is arguably the most diverse range of albums of any SAY Award longlist to date”, says General Manager of the Scottish Music Industry Association Robert Kilpatrick. “Never have we been prouder to announce the longlist, and never more than now has it felt truly special and important to do so”.

Head Of Music at Creative Scotland, Alan Morrison, adds: “In this year like no other, music has given us the strength to get through whatever life has thrown at us. Scotland’s musicians have shown us, time and time again, that their creativity can thrive in the most difficult circumstances”.

“These 20 albums were recorded when COVID-19 wasn’t even a blip on the horizon, but there’s a glorious thread of that same creativity running through them all”, he goes on. “This thread pulls together different genres, binds debut artists and seasoned stars, and makes The SAY Award such a wonderful expression of Scotland’s world-class musical talent”.

And here it is, that longlist we’ve all been banging on about. Have a bloody look at it:

Anna Meredith – FIBS

Blanck Mass – Animated Violence Mild

Bossy Love – Me + U

Callum Easter – Here Or Nowhere

Cloth – Cloth

Comfort – Not Passing

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West – Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold

Elephant Sessions – What Makes You

Erland Cooper – Sule Skerry

Fat-Suit – Waifs & Strays

Free Love – Extreme Dance Anthems

Honeyblood – In Plain Sight

Karine Polwart – Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook

Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent

Mezcla – Shoot The Moon

The Ninth Wave – Infancy

Nova – Re-Up

Sacred Paws – Run Around The Sun

Shhe – Shhe

Vistas – Everything Changes In The End

The longlist of 20 will now be whittled down to a shortlist of ten, with one spot on that list chosen by the public – voting for which will take place on from 5-7 Oct. Watch last night’s livestreamed longlist announcement here: