The Scottish Album of the Year Award announce 2021’s Longlist for bumper 10th year

20 Sep 2021


Scotland’s national music prize, the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award, has officially announced the twenty outstanding Scottish albums which have made it onto this year’s coveted Longlist in the award’s tenth year; whittled down from 327 eligible albums by 100 impartial music industry Nominators.

All twenty albums were released during the COVID-19 pandemic, amidst huge turmoil for the music industry, making it an even more extraordinary feat for each and every artist.

In alphabetical order, The SAY Award Longlist for 2021 is as follows:

AiiTee – ‘Love Don’t Fall’
Andrew Wasylyk – ‘Fugitive Light And Themes Of Consolation’
Arab Strap – ‘As Days Get Dark’
Bemz – ‘Saint of Lost Causes’
Biffy Clyro – ‘A Celebration of Endings’
Carla J. Easton – ‘WEIRDO’
Erland Cooper – ‘Landform (Feat. Marta Salogni)’
Fergus McCreadie – ‘Cairn’
Jenny Sturgeon – ‘The Living Mountain’
Joesef – ‘Does It Make You Feel Good?’
Kübler Ross – ‘Kübler Ross’
Lizzie Reid – ‘Cubicle’
Matt Carmichael – ‘Where Will the River Flow’
Mogwai – ‘As The Love Continues’
Paul Towndrow – ‘Deepening The River’
Rachel Newton – ‘To The Awe’
Stanley Odd – ‘STAY ODD’
TAAHLIAH – ‘Angelica’
The Ninth Wave – ‘Happy Days!’
The Snuts – ‘W.L.’


Robert Kilpatrick, Creative Projects and Communications Director at the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) said,

Each year, the announcement of the 20-strong SAY Award Longlist provides an important focal point to both reflect on and celebrate the strength and diversity of Scotland’s recorded output; recognising the impact that music has on our lives and in driving our ever-evolving cultural identity as a nation.

With each of this year’s Longlisted albums having been released throughout the pandemic, that reflection sees a new depth, and “strength” in the context of 2021 embodies much more than artistic merit – it’s underpinned by resilience, passion and endurance throughout challenges that our artists and music industry in particular have sorely felt.

Music’s power often comes from its ability to tap into inner parts of ourselves; inspiring us, comforting us and ultimately helping us better understand both ourselves and each other. It brings us together, and at a time of mass uncertainty and turbulence where we’ve had to be apart, never has its intrinsic power felt more special and important.

With a massive congratulations to 2021’s Longlist also comes a thank you – to the artists and their teams for providing escape, connection and outstanding bodies of work at a time when we’ve never needed them more. We can’t wait to celebrate these records – and ten years of SAY – at this year’s ceremony; our biggest to date, and what will undoubtedly be an incredible night to remember for artists, industry and music fans alike.


Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland said:

If you need proof that the Scottish music scene is emerging strong and defiant from months of lockdown, then look no further than this year’s SAY Award Longlist. With three Official UK Charts No1 albums, an explosion of diversity from some stars of tomorrow and positive recognition of our flourishing grassroots jazz scene, 2021’s contenders make a bold statement about the energy that fuels the music Scotland has to offer and the strength of our creative voice.


The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award is Scotland’s national music prize; celebrating Scottish music, and the cultural impact and contribution of outstanding Scottish albums.

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