The 20-strong longlist for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) 2018 Award has been announced, featuring powerhouses Young Fathers, Franz Ferdinand and Neon Waltz.
In its seventh year, the SAY 2018 Award sees the winning recipient(s) taking home a prize of £20,000, while the following nine runner-ups will receive a respective £1,000, as well as a specially-crafted award, created by the winner of the SAY 2018 Design Commission.
Featured on the SAY longlist is Golden Teacher, for their LP No Luscious Life, Mogwai for the release of Every Country’s Sun, Franz Ferdinand for their comeback record Always Ascending and Catholic Action in aid of their debut In Memory Of.
The longlist is set to be shortened to 10 records, nine of which shall be chosen by a specialist panel of independent judges. The one remaining album shall be successfully added to the shortlist due to fans voting online during a 72-hour window, between August 20-22.
The SAY Award shortlist is set to be announced officially on August 23. The final award ceremony, where each candidate shall take home something, takes place at Paisley Town Hall on Thursday, September 6.
The SAY 2018 Award longlist
Adam Holmes and The Embers – Midnight Milk
BABE – Kiss & Tell
Best Girl Athlete – Best Girl Athlete
Blue Rose Code – The Water of Leith
Catholic Action – In Memory Of
Chris Stout and Catriona McKay – Bare Knuckle
Elephant Sessions – All We Have Is Now
Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
Golden Teacher – No Luscious Life
Free Love FKA Happy Meals – Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony (Volumes IV-VI)
Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy – A Pocket Of Wind Resistance
Kobi Onyame – Gold
Martha Ffion – Sunday Best
Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
Neon Waltz – Strange Hymns
Out Lines – Conflats
Pronto Mama – Any Joy
Siobhan Wilson – There Are No Saints
The Spook School – Could It Be Different
Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar