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The 11th Australian Music Prize (AMP) is getting closer and the final 12 Aussie albums have been added to the stellar list of 56 albums. The new entries into the game are listed below with an asterisk and include our favourite indie folk troubadour Darren Hanlon, GUM (the solo project from Tame Impala and Pond's Jay Watson) and Sydney's rock quartet, Gang Of Youths.
Gang Of Youths at the Falls Festival (Mt Duneed Estate)
The winner of the 11th AMP will win $30,000 in prize money courtesy of the PPCA. The PPCA's CEO, Dan Rosen had this say, “PPCA is proud to again be on board as the $30,000 major prize sponsor of The AMP – a prize that has remained close to our hearts since its inception over a decade ago. This prize has helped further the careers of some fantastic Australian artists including The Drones, Lisa Mitchell and most recently, REMI. The support of Australian recording artists has been the cornerstone of PPCA for over 40 years, therefore we are honoured to have been the major prize sponsor of the Australian Music Prize since day one. 2015 has been an exceptional year for Australian music and we eagerly look forward for the winner of this year's AMP to be announced.
One of the AMP nominees, Dan Kelly said, "It's tremendous to be included in this year's Longlist for the AMP awards. It's been a mental year for great Australian albums and just to be in included with the likes of Royal Headache, Tame Impala, Totally Mild, My Disco, Courtney Barnett, Jess Ribeiro and all the nominees is a great honour for me and my musical cohorts and gives me an all round good feeling. The diversity of the list is very inspiring. So many styles to plunder for my next disc/stream! If I win I promise to buy some golden swimmers and go snorkeling in the Maldives with the Dream Band and/or record another album."
We believe the AMP award is an important monetary injection to our Australian music scene and it is very satisfying to see some of our favourite Aussie artists being recognised like The Apartments, Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene, Royal Headache, King Parrot, High Tension, My Disco and Marlon Williams. Startling omissions this year include the almighty comeback albums by the Cosmic Psychos (Cum The Raw Prawn) and The Meanies (It's Not Me, It's You) and You Am I (Porridge & Hotsauce).
Peter Milton Walsh of The Apartments.
Then again, can anybody stop the dual juggernaut of Courtney Barnett and Tame Impala from winning the AMP? Both albums were predictable listed in so many Top 10 Album list last year both locally and internationally. We will have to wait and see what the panelist decide on the 9th of March.
The 11st Australian Music Prize List
The Apartments - 'No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal’
* Au.Ra - ‘Jane’s Lament’
Bad//Dreems - 'Dogs At Bay'
Blank Realm - 'Illegals In Heaven'
Courtney Barnett - 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit'
Cured Pink - ‘As A Four Piece Band’
Dan Kelly - 'Leisure Panic'
Daniel Johns - 'Talk'
* Darren Hanlon - ‘Where Did You Come From’
Daughter's Fever - 'Daughter's Fever'
Dick Diver - 'Melbourne, Florida'
* Dumbsaint - ‘Panorama, In Ten Pieces’
Förstöra - 'For All That Will Save Or Destroy Us’
Fuck the Fitzroy Doom Scene - 'Facing The Ruin'
* Gang of Youths - ‘The Positions’
Gold Class - 'It's You'
The Grates - 'Dream Team'
* GUM - ‘Glamorous Damage’
Hermitude - 'Dark Night Sweet Light'
Hiatus Kaiyote - 'Choose Your Weapon'
* Hierophants - ‘Parallax Error’
High Tension - 'Bully'
HOLY HOLY - 'When The Storms Would Come'
Jaala - 'Hard Hold'
Jess Ribeiro - 'Kill It Yourself'
King Parrot - 'Dead Set'
* Leah Senior ‘Summer’s On The Ground’
Marlon Williams 'Marlon Williams'
* Mathas - ‘Armwrestling Atlas’
Melanie Horsnell - 'Quatre Chemins'
Methyl Ethel - 'Oh Inhuman Spectacle'
* Moses Gunn Collective - ‘Mercy Mountain’
My Disco - 'Severe'
Nite Fields - 'Despersonalisation'
Oh Mercy - 'When We Talk About Love'
Oisima - 'Nicaragua Nights'
* Orpheus Omega - ‘Partum Vita Mortem’
Palms - ‘Crazy Rack’
Parkway Drive - ‘Ire’
Peter Bibby - 'Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician'
POND - 'Man, It Feels Like Space Again'
Rand & Holland - 'Rand & Holland'
Roland Tings - 'Roland Tings'
Royal Headache - 'High'
Sally Greenaway - 'Aubade & Nocturne'
Sally Whitwell - 'I Was Flying'
* Sampa The Great - ‘The Great Mixtape’
Sarah Blasko - ‘Eternal Return’
Sarah Mary Chadwick - ‘9 Classic Tracks’
Szymon - 'Tigersapp'
Tame Impala - 'Currents'
Terrible Truths - 'Terrible Truths'
Thy Art Is Murder - ‘Holy War’
Totally Mild - 'Down Time'
* Tuka - ‘Life Death Time Eternal’
The criteria to be considered for the AMP is that the Australian album must have be released between the 1st of January and the 31st of December 2015. It must be a new release (not a compilation, live or a re-release). The album must be at least 33 minutes and 20 seconds long and be at least nine tracks, so no EP's. The shortlist will be announced on the 3rd of February and the winner will be announced at the 'Amped Up In Conversation' event to be held on the 9th of March.
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