Scottish music industry pays homage to Frightened Rabbit with ‘classic album’ award
The group, which has been led by Hutchison for 15 years, was named the first recipient of a new award recognizing a ‘modern Scottish classic album’.
The honor emerged just weeks before the release of a book of lyrics and illustrations by Hutchison, who committed suicide in May 2018.
The Midnight Organ Fight, the sequel to the first Sing the Grays, was Frightened Rabbit’s groundbreaking album and made several year-end album lists after its 2008 release.
The group recorded three more albums and embarked on an extensive tour in 2018 to mark The Midnight Organ Fight’s 10th anniversary.
Hutchison’s death drew tributes from musicians around the world who had been influenced by his lyrics and the band’s performances. Her family started a charity to improve support for youth mental health in Scotland in her memory.
Hutchison’s upcoming lyric and illustration book is described as “a celebration and tribute to Scott’s unbridled creativity.”
Frightened Rabbit’s second album was chosen as the first recipient of the New Honor – created to recognize “an iconic Scottish album that inspired music today” – by the 20 acts selected for the main award.
The Scottish Music Association’s announcement was made to coincide with the unveiling of the list of 10 shortlisted candidates for the Scottish Album of the Year.
Little-known singers AiiTee, Joesef and Lizzie Reid will compete with major indie rock artists like Arab Strap, Biffy Clyro, Mogwai and The Snuts for the annual honor.
Other nominees for the award include hip-hop group Stanley Odd, which won a public vote to secure a spot on the shortlist, folk singer and harpist Rachel Newton, and “gloom pop” group The Ninth Wave.
The 10th SAY Award winner will be announced at a gala ceremony at Usher Hall in Edinburgh later this month, where the Frightened Rabbit will be officially honored.
Robert Kilpatrick, Director of Creative Projects at the Scottish Music Industry Association, said of the honor of Frightened Rabbit: “The Midnight Organ Fight is a record that many of us hold dear, and for that, winning the Inaugural Award is a special moment for both the SAY Award and the Scottish music community at large.
“It’s a record we’re proud to honor this year, and we know it will continue to be both celebrated and cherished for many years to come.
The 10 shortlisted albums vying for this year’s SAY Award, to be announced on October 23, were drawn from among 327 eligible releases during the Covid pandemic.
The winning act will receive £ 20,000 – one of the UK’s most lucrative music prizes.
Kilpatrick added: “With some of the biggest names in Scottish music featured alongside some of our country’s most exciting emerging talents, the 2021 shortlist showcases the exciting, diverse and resilient nature of our music community despite 18 months. significant challenges.
“He strongly recognizes the cultural impact of music and its life-changing value, and brings to the fore a recorded production that all of us in Scotland can – and should – be proud of.”