Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat’s ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ was last night crowned winner of the inaugural Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award. Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat were unveiled as the recipients of the prestigious and highly coveted £20,000 prize by The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) at a glittering ceremony in Glasgow’s Film City. The judging panel of industry experts was united in its praise for ‘Everything’s Getting Older’, impressed by its creativity and innovation.
The record emerged as the triumphant winner from a shortlist of 10 Scottish albums, which also featured Conquering Animal Sound’s ‘Kammerspiel’, Happy Particles’ ‘Under Sleeping Waves’, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins’ ‘Diamond Mine’, Mogwai’s ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’, Mungo’s ‘Hi Fi’s Forward Ever’, Remember Remember’s ‘The Quickening’, Rustie’s ‘Glass Swords’, Tommy Smith’s ‘Karma’ and Twin Atlantic’s ‘Free’.
The search for the winner of the SAY Award has seen 100 music and arts industry figures from across Scotland nominate their choice for the Scottish album of 2011, before a longlist of the 20 highest-scoring records was then whittled down to 10 by the judging panel. The general public were also able to have their say by voting for their favourite album online and via a specially designed SAY Award app. ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ was eight years in the making: full of jazz-inflected love songs fleshed out with a mixture of spoken word pieces and vocals delivered in Aidan’s distinctive voice. Bill Wells is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist, composer, leader of the Bill Wells Trio and collaborator with The Pastels, Isobel Campbell, Future Pilot AKA and many more. Aidan Moffat is a modern-day Makar of many guises; Aidan John Moffat & the Best-Ofs; his experimental work as L Pierre (aka Lucky Pierre) and, of course, his calling as one half of the iScots duo Arab Strap. For more info, check out: www.sayaward.com
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