The Coopers AMP Shortlist is Announced!
The Coopers AMP Shortlist is Announced!
As momentum builds towards the March 4 winner announcement, the 10th Coopers AMP is proud today to announce the Shortlist of nine albums.
Selected from the already announced Longlist of 65 albums by the expert 15 member industry judging panel, the 10th Coopers AMP Shortlist in alphabetical order is:
The 10th Coopers AMP Shortlist
‘About Face’ by #1 Dads
‘Built On Glass’ by Chet Faker
’Gon' Boogaloo' by C.W. Stoneking
‘Grassed Inn’ by Blank Realm
‘Laura Jean’ by Laura Jean
‘Raw X Infinty’ by REMI
'Tales' by The Peep Tempel
'The Sleeper' by Caitlin Park
‘Typical System’ by Total Control
Tom Iansek, one half of the 9th Coopers AMP winners Big Scary, features again in this year’s Shortlist with his solo moniker #1 Dads and the album ‘About Face’. The project is a way for Iansek to remain creative between Big Scary album cycles and touring, and to find a place for his songs that would remain homeless outside of his better known outfit.
Iansek said of the nomination, "I'm elated and a little shocked to be included in the AMP shortlist for 2014. I didn't expect any reaction from the album's release and to have one as overwhelmingly positive as this has been amazing. Many of my favourite albums from last year were from Aussie artists and I can't wait to see who else made the list, I'm sure I'll be in good company!"
Other Shortlisted artists who have previously been nominated include C.W.Stoneking who featured on the 2008 Shortlist with his album ‘Jungle Blues’, and Total Control member Mikey Young who was also a member of Eddy Current Suppression Ring who won the 2008 Coopers AMP, and were Shortlisted in 2010.
Nominated for the first time is multiple ARIA Award winner Chet Faker for his album ‘Built On Glass’, that has already seen Faker top many end of year ‘Best Of’ album lists and saw him recently perform ‘Gold’ on the Ellen show in the US.
AMP Founder and Prize Director Scott B. Murphy said, “Our 10th Shortlist! Including these fine 9 albums we’ve now successfully promoted over 90 great Australian albums, globally – I am very proud of this achievement and I thank all the artists, judges, patrons and sponsors who have assisted along the journey.”
A celebratory 10th anniversary dinner will be held in Sydney on March 4, when $30,000 in prize money courtesy of PPCA, will be awarded to the artist with the winning album. With the judging panel listening to more than 300 albums for the 10th Coopers AMP, every album released for the first time between January 1 and December 31 in 2014, was automatically considered for the 10th Coopers AMP.
About the 10th Coopers AMP Shortlisted Artists
#1 Dads - ‘About Face’
Tom Iansek, one half of the 9th Coopers AMP winners Big Scary, features again in this year’s Shortlist with his solo moniker #1 Dads and the album ‘About Face’. The project is a way for Iansek to remain creative between Big Scary album cycles and touring, and to find a place for his songs that would remain homeless outside of his better known outfit. Songs about desire, songs about loss… themes sung about for centuries, and delivered in a restrained and humble manner on ‘About Face’.
Blank Realm - ‘Grassed Inn’
Brisbane experimental pop band Blank Realm began in the dark days of 2005 as an improvised noise group composed of siblings Sarah, Luke and Daniel Spencer and their spiritual brother Luke Walsh. In the ensuing years the band have released a string of more than a dozen improvised noise albums. The band continue to record and produce all their own recordings at home and in basement rooms around Brisbane. Renowned for their ecstatic live performances Blank Realm has performed at South By Southwest, Glastonbury and the Meredith Music Festival.
C.W. Stoneking - 'Gon' Boogaloo'
After a six year wait, C.W.Stoneking returned in 2014 with his new album ‘Gon’ Boogaloo’. Swapping his Vintage national guitar and banjo with a Fender and rock’n’gospel dance hall blues, C.W. recorded 12 tracks directly to tape with his full band, to create his very own hokum wall of sound.
Caitlin Park - 'The Sleeper'
Caitlin Park writes and performs folktronica, taking folk and electro-acoustics to new heights with her abstract composition, sampling and nostalgia. ‘The Sleeper’ sees Caitlin progress as a songwriter and performer – embracing bold, pop musicality, and higher production levels, but at all times finding beauty in simple moments and sounds, building and layering until a sonic landscape takes form.
Chet Faker - ‘Built On Glass’
Electronica musician Chet Faker signed to Downtown Records in the US in 2012 and issued an extended play, ‘Thinking in Textures’. In October that year he won 'Breakthrough Artist of the Year' and ‘Thinking in Textures’ won 'Best Independent Single/EP' at the Australian Independent Records Awards. Recorded and produced by Faker himself, his debut album 'Built on Glass' was released to critical acclaim in 2014, winning him multiple ARIA Awards and topping many of the ‘Best Of’ album lists in 2014.
Laura Jean - ‘Laura Jean’
On her fourth album ‘Laura Jean’, Melbourne folk auteur Laura Jean alternates between startlingly honest portraits of domestic life, and more allegorical tales of a dream world. The self-titled album was recorded in the UK with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Goldfrapp, M Ward), and follow ‘Eden Land’ (2009) and ‘Our Swansong’ (2006).
REMI - ‘Raw X Infinty’
Melbourne MC REMI’s second album ‘Raw X Infinity’ saw him work with producers and long-time collaborators Sensible J and Dutch. As the winner of triple j’s 2013 Unearthed J Award, REMI’s much anticipated album was released through his own label House of Beige.
The Peep Tempel - 'Tales'
The Peep Tempel is a three-piece Rock ’n’ Roll band from Melbourne who released their second album ‘Tales’ in 2014. With ‘Tales’ the band again teamed up with Clinton Kraus and Anna Laverty to record the album, which is typically brash, yet opens into new territory where the band’s humour is still intact, though possibly darker.
Total Control - ‘Typical System’
After forming in 2008 and releasing a series of singles, Melbourne’s Total Control released their debut album ‘Henge Beat’ in August 2011. They toured in the US with San Francisco-based band Thee Oh Sees, with whom they also released a split EP, and performed at the All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival in Somerset in December 2011. Total Control’s second album, ‘Typical System’, was released in June 2014.