PAOLO Nutini and Belle & Sebastian will be among the acts battling it out for one of Scotland’s biggest music industry honours next month.
They have made the shortlist for the annual Scottish Album of the Year honour, along with last year’s winners, Young Fathers, who went on to claim the Mercury Prize.
The Scottish Music Industry Association is staging the fourth annual ceremony, to be hosted by broadcasters Janice Forsyth and Vic Galloway, in Glasgow on 17 June.
Among the lesser-known acts competing for the prize will be a home-produced album by Dumfriesshire duo Happy Meals, Aberdeenshire singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph, and Glasgow-based rock and garage blues outfit The Amazing Snakeheads.
Nutini won a public ballot to select an album drawn from the longlist of 20 albums announced last month.
The remaining shortlisted candidates, who were chosen by a judging panel, also include Errors, Honeyblood, PAWS and Slam.
Stewart Henderson, chair of the SMIA, said: “Reducing The SAY Award longlist to a shortlist of 10 is never an easy task but by all accounts this year’s process has been particularly painful.
“We can only wish the remaining titles the very best of luck and congratulate them on emerging from such an extraordinary crop of albums.”
FULL SHORTLIST FOR SCOTTISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Belle and Sebastian: Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
Errors: Lease of Life
Happy Meals: Apero
Kathryn Joseph: Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled
Paolo Nutini: Caustic Love
PAWS: Youth Culture Forever
Slam: Reverse Proceed
The Amazing Snakeheads: Amphetamine Ballads
Young Fathers: Dead