Moffat & Wells Win SAY Award
, June 20th, 2012 08:22
Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells win Scottish Album of the Year Award at ceremony last night
Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells have won the inaugural Scottish album of the year award for their excellent album Everything's Getting Older. They were unveiled as winners of the prize at a ceremony last night, and were awarded a £20,000 prize by the Scottish Music Industry Association. The process of whittling down the original longlist of 20 happened over a series of months, with both a panel of music/arts industry figures and an online vote for the general public reducing it down to a shortlist of 10.
So the duo came first in a shortlist that also contained a raft of other great Scottish albums, including King Creosote & Jon Hopkins' Diamond Mine, Mogwai's Hardcore Will Never Die... and Rustie's Glass Swords.
"It's fantastic," said Moffat. "I still can't quite believe it. Obviously we're very, very happy. It was a great shortlist. The Scottish Album of the Year Award is all about is introducing people to a wide variety of different types music - the award is very, very important from an industry point of view too and we hope there are many more of them."
"We're extremely chuffed," added Wells. "It's been a fantastic night and it's a tremendous honour."
To read our review of the album, which is well worth your time, pennies and listening effort, click here. We said: "Ten years on, the teens and twenty-somethings who raved their way through the 90s and beyond are all into their thirties and forties now; maybe married, maybe divorced, maybe with kids of their own, almost certainly weighed down by responsibilities, debts, mortgages and memories. Moffat's no exception: just like them he's wondering what happened, punch-drunk from the repeated hits of the years slamming by with increasing speed, and trying to figure out just where it all went. Crucially, though, he's lost none of his talent for picking out the telling detail, his unsparing eye for the unpalatable poetic truth or his black sense of humour and irony. His gift for incisive narrative remains intact, as does his ability to find the redeeming gleam of hope and humanity in even the bleakest of situations."