The Final SAY/Swamped by 2013
So belated congratulations to R.M. Hubbert on winning the second Scottish Album of the Year award for his 2012 release ‘Thirteen Lost and Found’. After just two awards it’s difficult to draw many conclusions from the winners but, whilst both Aidan and Bill and Hubby owe much of their profiles to indie audiences neither record can in any way be described as typical indie fare. Perhaps the SAY awards are going to develop a reputation for picking quirky winners.
Looking ahead to next year’s award, with almost half of 2013 gone, it looks again like the award will be spoilt for choice.
In addition to big hitters Biffy Clyro and Primal Scream, I’d suggest that many of the following LPs are worthy of consideration for the 2013 SAY award:
Birdhead – Pleasure Centre
Edwyn Collins – Understated
eagleowl – this silent year
Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse
Kid Canaveral – Now That You Are A Dancer
Man Without Machines – The Kreuzberg Press
The Pictish Trail – Secret Soundz Vol, 2
Rick Redbeard – No Selfish Heart
Spare Snare – Our Jazz
Sparrow & The Workshop – Murderopolis
In a wider sense I’ve regularly commented on the glut of quality LPs this year, and that is backed up by the following list of non-Scottish records, most of which are really great – although not all – there are a few disappointments listed:
The Besnard Lakes – Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO
British Sea Power – Machineries of Joy
Chelsea Light Moving – Chelsea Light Moving
Julian Cope- Revolutionary Suicide
Desert Hearts – Enturbulation = No Challenge
Eels – Wonderful, Glorious
The Flaming Lips – The Terror
Fuzzy Lights – Rule of Twelfths
The House of Love – She Paints Words in Red
K-X-P – II
Low – The Invisible Way
My Bloody Valentine – m b v
Public Service Broadcasting – Inform – Educate – Entertain
Veronica Falls- Waiting for Something To Happen
Wire – Change Becomes Us
There’s been so many good records this year that I would say that at least a dozen of both the above lists would have been good enough for Top 10 status in my end of year list in previous years – and we’re not at the end of June yet!
It’s also true to say that I’m not as familiar as I’d like to be with virtually all of these records – perhaps of the list only the Kid Canaveral and Wire LPs have received the attention that they merit. That’s the summer listening planned – until the new Grant Hart double LP comes out at least …
Posted on June 23, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged 2013, Birdhead, Eagleowl, Edwyn Collins, Frightened Rabbit, Kid Canaveral, Man Without Machines, R.M. Hubbert, SAY Award, Spare Snare, Sparrow & The Workshop, The Pictish Trail. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.