The AMP have released the shortlist for their choice of 2015’s best Australian album, after being narrowed down from a total of fifty-six contenders by an expert industry-judging panel. Much like the criticism of last week’s Triple J Hottest 100 countdown, The AMP’s list too contains few surprises and little controversy, with internationally recognised artists Courtney Barnett and Tame Impala featuring, while music veterans Sarah Blasko and Dan Kelly also made the list.
Other highlighted artists include alt-pop aficionados Dick Diver, Jess Ribeiro and Royal Headache, while Gold Class and Methyl Ethel won some well-deserved recognition for their debut LP’s It’s You and Oh Inhuman Spectacle respectively. Despite a noticeable lack of variety of musical genres throughout the list, Melbourne post-punk trio My Disco managed to make the cut, with their fourth studio album Severe.
“No list of ten albums could ever capture the diversity of music that was produced in the country over the last year and many great albums only narrowly missed making the Shortlist, breaking some AMP judges’ hearts in the process, however these were the ten albums that the sixteen judges agreed were the best of the year. Any one of them will make a worthy winner,” Chairperson of the Judging Panel, Dave Faulkner explained.
Unlike previous years, the remaining nominations have been stretched from 9 albums to 10; a decision Faulkner also explained, with all judges agreeing, “that this was one of the strongest years we’ve ever had in Australian music“. This is only the second time the nominations have been stretched from the usual 9 entries since the Australian Music Prize began eleven years ago.
The 11th AMP winner will be announced at ‘Amped Up In Conversation‘ on March 9, and will receive $30,000 in prize money, courtesy of PPCA.
You can view the complete list of nominations below:
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
Dan Kelly – Leisure Panic
Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida
Gold Class – It’s You
Jess Ribeiro – Kill It Yourself
Methyl Ethel – Oh Inhuman Spectacle
My Disco – Severe
Royal Headache – High
Sarah Blasko – Eternal Return
Tame Impala – Currents