The 9th Coopers AMP Shortlisted Albums
‘She Beats’ by Beaches
‘Not Art’ by Big Scary
‘Dream Cave’ by Cloud Control
‘The Cold Light Of Day’ by Dialectrix
‘King Amongst Many’ by Horrorshow
‘Howlin’’ by Jagwar Ma
‘In Blood Memory’ by Jen Cloher
‘Phoenix’ by Jimblah
‘Embracism’ by Kirin J Callinan
The Shortlist was officially unveiled at the Shortlisted! event held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on January 26. Shortlisted! was co-hosted by singer-songwriter Ella Hooper and Tim Levinson, aka Urthboy, and featured performances by Shortlisted artists Kirin J Callinan, Beaches, Jen Cloher and Dialectrix alongside headliners and 8th Coopers AMP winners Hermitude.
Scott B. Murphy, Founder and Prize Director, said, “Nine years on and I still don’t know how the judges pull it off – selecting nine great albums from over 300 that they listen to! Yet again our Shortlist shows what amazing Australian talent is out there and that the world needs to hear it. The ninth shortlist is particularly impressive as it contains two artists who have had earlier albums Shortlisted.”
Two of the artists in this year’s Shortlist have made the Shortlist in previous years – psych-rock five piece Beaches were previously nominated for their 2008 self-titled album, and Cloud Control were the 2010 AMP Winners for their debut album ‘Bliss Release’.
Having both released a second album in 2013, Beaches are now nominated for ‘She Beats’ while Cloud Control are nominated for ‘Dream Cave’. Like its predecessor, ‘She Beats’ reflects a love for 60s pop, 70s psych, shoe-gaze, prog, Southern boogie and Krautrock, while for Cloud Control, ‘Dream Cave’ is the result of periods of seclusion, persecution and exposure to the musically sublime and ridiculous. Unlike their debut, ‘Dream Cave’ sees the band cut loose from their roots and embrace a spirit of experimentation.
Big Scary’s Tom Iansek and Jo Syme first emerged from Melbourne’s music scene in 2006, ‘Not Art’ is their second album. Stimulated by the dense production ethic and clipped, sampled nature of hip-hop, the pair took the genre’s distinctive sound and found unique approaches to apply it to their uncluttered pop sensibilities.
Dialectrix is regarded as one of the most prolific MCs and hip-hop performers in the country. The passionate lyricist released two albums and an EP ahead of his third studio album, ‘The Cold Light of Day’ which has made the 9th Coopers AMP Shortlist.
Hip hop duo Horrorshow’s much anticipated third album ‘King Amongst Many’ stormed to #2 on the ARIA Album Chart and #1 on the iTunes album chart in 2013. In addition to making the 9th Coopers AMP Shortlist, ‘King Amongst Many’ was nominated for an ARIA Award and j award.
Jagwar Ma set out to create a sound that would capture their love for contemporary electronica and classic American Soul, Joe Meek and King Tubby, vintage drum machines and radio frequency manipulation, and improvised percussion. ‘Howlin’ is their debut album.
It’s singer-songwriter Jen Cloher’s third album ‘In Blood Memory’ that has seen her make the 9th Coopers AMP Shortlist. Jen’s first album ‘Dead Wood Falls’ saw her nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Female Artist, while her second album ‘Hidden Hands’ was named one of the top ten releases of 2009 by The Age and nominated for three Age EG Awards.
Jimblah is a producer, MC and vocalist from Adelaide. Hailing from the Larrakia Nation in Top End Northern Territory, he is influenced by a wide range of different artists and genres, his main passion being hip hop. Jimblah’s ‘Phoenix’ album quickly peaked at #1 on the AIR Chart.
Kirin J Callinan is Shortlisted for his debut album ‘Embracism’. Produced by Kim Moyes (The Presets) at his home studio in Sydney and mixed in the upstate NY home studio of Chris Taylor (CANT, Grizzly Bear), ‘Embracism’ shows Callinan’s signature shards of six string wizardry, distinctive croon, demented machismo and laconic sincerity.
March 5 will see the announcement of the 9th Coopers AMP Winner, who will be awarded $30,000 courtesy of PPCA. The Coopers AMP has the unique distinction of being the only music award that doesn't separate artists by genre or other arbitrary distinctions. Every album has an equal chance of winning the AMP.
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