To the surprise of Absolutely Nobody, Tame Impala, Flume and The Presets are three of the nine acts shortlisted for the newly-revamped Cooper’s Australian Music Prize having emerged triumphant from a longlist of seventy-one albums compiled during what was undoubtedly a mighty fine year for Australian music.
Joining Lonerism, Pacifica and Flume’s eponymous debut on the final shortlist, which was announced last night at Federation Square in Melbourne, are Jess Ribeirio & The Bone Collector’s My Little River; Grand Salvo’s Slay Me In My Sleep; Liz Stringer’s Warm In The Darkness; Hermitude’s Hyper-Paradise; Urthboy’s Smokey’s Haunt and Daily Meds’ Happy Daze.
The winner of the prestigious title of 2012’s most outstanding album – and a $30,000 cash money prize courtesy of principal partner PPCA – will be decided by a panel of industry experts, journalists and fellow musicians and announced on March 7th.
Having already won The J Award for Album of the Year, Rolling Stone Australia’s Album of the Year, and – perhaps more importantly – the approval of the PS22 Chorus, Tame Impala would appear to be the critical favourite. The AMP, however, has a long-ish history of bestowing its prize on winners often contrary to popular – and critical – opinion (see Lisa Mitchell’s triumph by default over Sarah Blasko circa 2009 for an in-depth analysis on the topic).
Previous winners of the AMP, now in its 8th iteration, in reverse chronological order include The Jezabels (2011), Cloud Control, Lisa Mitchell, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, The Mess Hall, Augie March, The Drones (2005) and people with ears, Australia-wide.