The coveted Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award returns today (Thursday 23 April 2015) with the unveiling of its 2015 longlist.

Produced by The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), and now in its fourth year, The SAY Award has grown to become the most prestigious music prize in Scotland.

This year’s longlist features a combination of the hottest new talent in Scotland and some of the country’s best loved musical acts. From rock and techno to soul, folk and electro-pop, the list spans a dazzling spectrum of genres, showcasing the wealth of Scottish talent in all its influential, inspiring and idiosyncratic glory.

From Monday 27 April for four weeks, fans will be able to stream one of the 20 nominated albums each weekday at, starting with Fatherson’s ‘I Am An Island’. Listeners can catch up on each week’s five featured albums over the weekend.

The promotion concludes with a 72 hour public vote starting on Monday 25 May. The album with the most public votes will secure an automatic place on The SAY Award Shortlist of 10; with the other nine titles chosen by an independent panel of judges (see Notes to Editors for full list of judges).

SAY AWARD LONGLIST 2015 (in alphabetical order)

Belle and Sebastian

Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

Blue Rose Code

The Ballads of Peckham Rye


Lease of Life


I Am An Island

Happy Meals





Everything Ever Written

Kathryn Joseph

Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I’ve Spilled

King Creosote

From Scotland With Love

Mike Vass

In The Wake of Neil Gunn


Rave Tapes

Paolo Nutini

Caustic Love


Youth Culture Forever


Reverse Proceed

The Amazing Snakeheads

Amphetamine Ballads

The Phantom Band

Strange Friend

The Twilight Sad

Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave

Treacherous Orchestra


 Withered Hand

New Gods

 Young Fathers