The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award, has officially announced the twenty outstanding Scottish albums which have made it onto this year’s Longlist.
Included are records by Anna Meredith, Lewis Capaldi, Honeyblood, The Ninth Wave and Vistas.
Speaking about his nod, Lewis Capaldi said: "It's an absolute honour to be nominated for such an incredible award. It would be quite nice to win to not bring any further prolonged shame on my household after being named as the only ‘non essential’ worker in the house.”
General Manager of the SMIA, Robert Kilpatrick comments, “As we all continue to navigate the personal and professional challenges we face, celebrating may feel unnatural for many of us. For our music community especially, which heavily relies on physical spaces and people coming together, 2020 has presented a vast array of challenges that last year were unimaginable.
"But as we celebrate our culture, we help further articulate its value, and we draw more eyes and ears to some of the best new music Scotland has to offer.”
The newly announced Longlist will now be whittled down to a final 10 albums to make up this year’s Shortlist, one of which can be chosen by music fans in a 72-hour public vote. From 5th - 7th October, fans have the chance to ensure their favourite album from the Longlist makes it onto the Shortlist by voting at www.sayaward.com. The top 10 albums to make the Shortlist will then be announced on 8th October 2020 ahead of the winner announcement on Thursday 29th October.
In alphabetical order, the longlist reads:
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