Anna Meredith: FIBS
Blanck Mass: Animated Violence Mild
Bossy Love: Me + U
Callum Easter: Here Or Nowhere
Comfort: Not Passing
Declan Welsh & The Decadent West: Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold
Elephant Sessions: What Makes You
Erland Cooper: Sule Skerry
Fat-Suit: Waifs & Strays
Free Love: Extreme Dance Anthems
Honeyblood: In Plain Sight
Karine Polwart: Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook
Lewis Capaldi: Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
Mezcla: Shoot the Moon
The Ninth Wave: Infancy
Sacred Paws: Run Around The Sun
Vistas: Everything Changes In The End
Like the Mercury, Booker and Turner, it’s not for 2020 it’s for a time period that straddles years.
This time of year when students go (back) to uni used to be a really key time for people to buy music and discover a new favourite band before the big Christmas campaigns started, so a lot of awards tended to be about now.
Also I’d imagine running any album of the year list in December wouldn’t get much coverage or have much impact nowadays.
It was a pretty uninspiring list. Would have gone with Brìghde Chaimbeul personally but whilst I didn’t love this album it’s hard to begrudge Young Fathers another win when their live shows really deserve to be putting them up a few levels of fame from where they are now.