The first round of nominees for the 2019 Australian Music Prize have been announced, celebrating some of the finest records put to tape by Australian artists over the past 12 months.
For the past 15 years, the $30,000 Australian Music Prize has recognized and celebrated “the album as an important artistic format” within the Australian musical landscape. The prize expands the parameters beyond the typical Triple J sound to acknowledge works which are slightly left-field and push conventions of genre, with previous winners including Sampa The Great, Gurrumul and The Jezabels.
Check out the longlist in its current form below - there's also meant to be more names added along the way, so keep your eyes peeled for them too. Personally, we'd love to see Julia Jacklin nab this year's prize for Crushing. What a ripper.
2019 Australian Music Prize Nominees
Alex Lahey – The Best Of Luck Club
Andrea Keller – Transients Volume 1
Charlie Collins - Snowpine
Cub Sport – Cub Sport
Daggy Man – I’m Going To Love As Long As I Live
Dispossessed – Warpath Never Ended
Emma Russack – Winter Blues
Hatchie – Keepsake
Jess Ribeiro – Love Hate
Julia Jacklin – Crushing
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Fishing For Fishies
Mansionair – Shadowboxer
Martin Frawley – Undone At 31
Methyl Ethel – Triage
Olympia - Flamingo
Polish Club - Iguana
Stella Donnelly – Beware Of The Dogs
Sunbeam Sound Machine – Goodness Gracious
Thelma Plum – Better In Blak
Two People – First Body
Head to the Australian Music Prize website to find out more.