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AMP Awards shortlist announced

The nine albums shortlisted for this year’s Australian Music Prize have been announced, with all artists now in the running to take home $30,000.

The final list was decided by a panel of 42 industry judges and according to AMP Director Scott Murphy, this year’s award nominations “…. produced a long list twice as long as most of the previous prizes highlighting how many great albums were released in this country.”

While notable absences include Royal Headache, Lost Animal, Cut Copy, Lanie Lane and Harmony, Murphy does explain that: “The Panics, Oh Mercy and The Orbweavers – were very close to the final cut. Some of the other albums singled out by the judges were by: Skipping Girl Vinegar, Oscar & Martin, Ben Salter, Big Scary, Eagle & The Worm, Grace Woodroofe, Husky, Leader Cheetah, Phrase, Teeth & Tongue, Josh Pyke and Drapht.”

AMP shortlist albums

Abbe May – Design Desire

“There’s no doubt this album will blow your mind right from the second you hit play.”

Gotye – Making Mirrors

“Put simply, Making Mirrors is an intensely interesting body of work, De Backer running riot with his masterful brand of electronic wizardry.”

Adalita – Adalita

“This is a powerful, haunting and direct record, and Srsen lets us into her world without reservation. For that we should feel privileged.”

Boy & Bear – Moonfire

“Their hotly-tipped debut album Moonfire sports a seamless blend of folk, rock and baroque pop.”

Gurrumul – Rrakala

“Yunupingu’s music is beautiful, and that is the only adjective that does it justice: for some it is a bridge between two worlds, two cultures.”

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders – Hurtsville

“Hurtsville is an affecting and evocative record. Its weariness is bone-deep, and, like the National’s Boxer, has a kind of empathy that makes it strangely comforting when you, too, are exhausted and feeling low.”

Kimbra – Vows

“Vows truly steps up to the plate as a bubbly and enjoyable body of work, one bound to cater to those who care to be kept on their toes.”

The Middle East – I Want That You Are Always Happy

“The sprightly moments provide the highlights, with some genuine gems that bear investigation, but they’re weighed down.”

The Jezabels – Prisoner

“Both talented and driven, this band stands as one of Australia’s top indie-rock acts.”

Past winners of the AMP Cloud Control ,The Drones, Augie March, The Mess Hall, Eddy Current Suppression Ring and Lisa Mitchell.

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sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 1st Feb, 2012

solid list until you get to the last two. my tip would be Gotye, with Adalita in with an outsiders chance.

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

no band/artist has ever won the J Award and AMP or the Aria album award and AMP. so i think i might just change my tip to Adalita as the frontrunner and Gurrumul as an outside chance.

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 2nd Feb, 2012



Criteria

You are only valid as an entrant if you are Australian. For the purposes of The 7th Australian Music Prize, we define Australian as: being an Australian citizen / passport holder

OR

currently residing in Australia and have been since at least January 1st, 2010

NOTE: If the entrant is a group of artists then 50% or more of the members of such group must be Australian as per above.

pretty sure Kimbra has been based in Melbourne for a few years now.

Hinee

Hinee said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

i think boy & bear's album as a whole is in higher regards than goatee.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

The Jezabels are my bet to win.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

Can we just give the award to Gotye so we can get on with a year where he won't win every goddamn award?

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

Really hope whoever presents the award finally makes the mistake everyone has been expecting a presenter to make since day one: Call Goyte, Goatse

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 2nd Feb, 2012



http://annemariecross.com/insights/picts/tall-poppy.jpg

KrysBrink

KrysBrink said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

gotye, kimbra and boy and bear all made fantastic records, if not precisely to my taste, but i was seriously hoping some more interesting acts would get a nod, like sleepmakeswaves or megastick fanfare, who both had incredible albums.

grattan

grattan said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

Very sad that Harmony didn't even make it to the list of "almost made it" albums - ditto Lanie, Royal Headache...

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

They probably didn't apply.

grattan

grattan said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

Maybe they did - maybe they didn't. Either way it's a pity not to see them acknowledged.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

Lanie won a SMAC, at least. Good on her.

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

What year did Rhianna win a smac?

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

Lanie Lane, Harmony and Royal Headache are all on the list of entrants.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

Yeah, sarcasm just said.

Doesn't really matter in the long run - my Australian album of 2011 (Jen Buxton's Don't Change Your Plans) was/is nowhere to be seen on any award shortlist. And I'm fine with that.

Andeh

Andeh said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

alright idiots. nominees suck (at least gotye and boy and bear are finally recognized). and i'm sure we can all do better. so lets do that. what would you have seen nominated

alps - alps of new south wails
epithets - year of glad
kitchens floor - look forward to nothing
gurrumul - rrakala
quiet steps - thought aloud
royal headache - royal headache (winner)
seeker lover keeper - seeker lover keeper
slug guts - howling gang
total control - henge beat

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 3rd Feb, 2012

alright idiots. nominees suck (at least gotye and boy and bear are finally recognized). and i'm sure we can all do better. so lets do that. what would you have seen nominated

alps - alps of new south wails
epithets - year of glad
kitchens floor - look forward to nothing
quiet steps - thought aloud
slug guts - howling gang
total control - henge beat

None of these bands entered the AMP but thanks for your worthwhile contribution.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 3rd Feb, 2012

Polaroids of Androids does make a good point that you need 80 copies of your LP to flog for free to the AMP if you want to win. For an act like Slug Guts or Kitchen's Floor, that just isn't financially viable. Also, the list has just become another mouthpiece for the Triple J Indie "Scene" when local acts that are getting international critical acclaim like HTRK, Collarbones, Seekae, The Twerps, Royal Headache and Ghoul not only miss the cut, but don't even bare a mention by the judges.

Meanwhile, Oh Mercy are mentioned as having "a great record that we unfortunately left out" WHO THE FUCK ACTUALLY LIKES OH MERCY?

Andeh

Andeh said on the 3rd Feb, 2012

who ever liked oh mercy. same with sparkadia. after no-one caring about them for the longest time, at what point did they all of a sudden start selling out venues.

and yeah, most of them might not have entered, but, since when is that a requirement of making a hypothetical list.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 3rd Feb, 2012

People definitely cared about Sparkadia on the back of the first record - myself included - so I wasn't surprised that they had a great touring run with The Great Impression.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 3rd Feb, 2012

You only have to be able to supply 80 copies if you make it to the shortlist.

It was 10 for the initial entry.

I have heard the PoA argument about these bands getting so called 'international acclaim'. In several of the cases, the international acclaim amounts to a couple of positive posts on pretty niche music blogs.

grattan

grattan said on the 3rd Feb, 2012

Polaroids of Androids does make a good point that you need 80 copies of your LP to flog for free to the AMP if you want to win. For an act like Slug Guts or Kitchen's Floor, that just isn't financially viable. Also, the list has just become another mouthpiece for the Triple J Indie "Scene" when local acts that are getting international critical acclaim like HTRK, Collarbones, Seekae, The Twerps, Royal Headache and Ghoul not only miss the cut, but don't even bare a mention by the judges.

Meanwhile, Oh Mercy are mentioned as having "a great record that we unfortunately left out" WHO THE FUCK ACTUALLY LIKES OH MERCY?

Oh Mercy they got the “outstanding potential” award from AMP in 2010 - so they are almost guaranteed some ongoing support (even if that's just a pat on the head and a mention from the boss that they almost made it.)

Andeh

Andeh said on the 3rd Feb, 2012

You only have to be able to supply 80 copies if you make it to the shortlist.

It was 10 for the initial entry.

I have heard the PoA argument about these bands getting so called 'international acclaim'. In several of the cases, the international acclaim amounts to a couple of positive posts on pretty niche music blogs.

....and international releases.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 3rd Feb, 2012

Who exactly are you talking about?

Again, I think some of the international acclaim/success that is being bandied about is a bit of an exaggeration.

Surely the argument that we should be recognising bands that are getting noticed overseas with awards like this is just as subjective as what they are currently doing of recognising bands that have had a big impact on the local music scene.

For a music prize to gain respect and recognition it has to both reward something that has been critically acclaimed but also something that is popular enough to be well known. If you reward fairly unknown artists, very quickly people will write the award off as something that is unreflective of the music scene as a whole.