Long-standing independent record label Chemikal Underground are celebrating a second consecutive scoop after RM Hubbert‘s album Thirteen Lost & Found won the Scottish Album of the Year Award at Glasgow’s Barrowlands venue last night, reports Harris Brine.
The album, which beat off fierce competition from ten shortlisted acts, including Django Django, The Twilight Sad and PAWS, has netted Hubbert a £20,000 cash prize.
Chemikal also released last year’s SAY Award winner, Everything’s Getting Older, by Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat, and the former Arab Strap frontman’s characteristically droll vocals feature on Thirteen Lost & Found‘s ‘The Car Song’.
Speaking to The Scotsman last night after the announcement, Paisley-born Hubbert, 39, said:
“It feels really good to win, but I honestly wasn’t expecting it. I thought somebody like The Twilight Sad or Django Django would win it. I thought it was a very strong representative shortlist. Just getting onto the longlist was the incredible part, because it is voted on by more than 100 different people from many parts of our music industry.
“The album was primarily about reconnecting with old friends. My marriage had just ended, and I was feeling isolated and I thought it would be easier to reconnect with these people by going into the studio with them and just making music. I’m just lucky that I know a lot of really talented people.
“I just really want to keep touring and making records, and maybe a few more people will buy the album, or even just hear it at least. The most difficult thing for musicians these days is to get people to listen to them in the first place.”
This year’s victorious album was Hubbert’s first release since singing to Chemikal, and barely made the SAY deadline as it was released back in January of 2012. In the same month as Radar tipped Thirteen Lost & Found for success, it was heavily lauded by the press.
Thirteen Lost & Found credits 13 artists over its 11 songs, including Emma Pollock, Alasdair Roberts and former Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos (who produced the album).
Hubbert, former guitarist with El Hombre Trajeado, has amassed notable praise since his solo project’s inception in 2009 and has supported a whole host of acts, including Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mogwai and King Creosote.
This year’s SAY Award, which hosted a shared set from last year’s winners and The Cairn Quartet, as well as Anticon newbies Young Fathers, came under some criticism after Emeli Sandé and Calvin Harris‘s chart-topping albums were omitted from the shortlist.
On its official website, the SAY Award’s stated aim is to “reward and promote the diversity and creativity of music and art in Scotland”, and when considering the breadth of talent solely on Hubbert’s album, it appears like it has.