Conquering Animal Sound make the Scottish Album Of The Year Award Shortlist (Posted By Harry)

conquering-animal-soundConquering Animal Sound in SAYAWARD final ten shortlist.

Conquering Animal Sound
The shortlist is out for the first ever Scottish Album Of The Year Award, the sort of Scottish version of the Mercury Prize which was launched last month. An industry panel picked nine albums from the long list of 20 for the shortlist, while a 24 hour public vote selected the
tenth shortlisted record. And the final ten are…

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – Everything’s Getting Older
Conquering Animal Sound – Kammerspiel
Happy Particles – Under Sleeping Waves
King Creosote&  Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Mungo’s Hi Fi – Forward Ever
Remember Remember – The Quickening
Rustie – Glass Swords
Tommy Smith – Karma
Twin Atlantic – Free (public vote winners)

The overall winner will be announced at an event in Glasgow on 19 Jun, with that artist getting £20,000, while each runner up will get £1000.

In case you didn’t catch our last post on Conquering Animal Sound, here’s some snippets of reviews about them…

“With Kammerspiel, Conquering Animal Sound have simultaneously managed to capture on record the full depth of their creativity and imagination, as well as the inherent beauty of their sound. It is a wonderful piece of work which deserves to be cherished, and gives us far more than we might reasonably expect from anyone’s debut album.”

“With Bjork off astral travelling in the outer realms of out-sound, there’s been a gap left in the musical landscape. Where do we go now for perfectly crafted female-fronted electronic pop? Sure there’s a few options, but few with the glacial, near-ambient bliss of the Icelandic snow-queen, that is until Kammerspiel came along. Despite having a name that would suggest otherwise the band hail from Glasgow (via Edinburgh) and their music seems primed to fit into a warm spot right next to ‘Homogenic’ and ‘Vespertine’ on your shelf. Sure the production might these days owe just as much to omnipresent overlords The xx, but there is an overwhelming sense of opera and scope, something the nonchalant chill-wave set would struggle with at best. ‘Conquering Animal Sound’ is a pop record, but one with just enough smarts to get even the most po-faced experimental music obsessive to take notice, you’ll certainly be missing out if you don’t.”

1. Maschine
2. Wasp
3. Wildthings
4. Flinch
5. Cheer
6. Bear
7. Crawl
8. Tracer
9. Neanderthal
10. Giant
11. Ira


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