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45 albums have been longlisted for the Australian Music Prize – who made the cut?

Wrapping up another huge year for Australian music, the longlist for the 13th annual Australian Music Prize has been announced. 45 albums have been selected and were announced last night at an official launch party in Melbourne.

Australian music prize longlist

45 Australian albums have been longlisted for the $30,000 2017 Australian Music Prize. Check out the list below.

A list of more than 400 albums released in 2017 were reviewed by a panel of judges, which was whittled down to 45 artists to go in the running for the $30,000 cash prize.

Talking about the prize, Jen Cloher – who was nominated for her incredible self-titled album – has saidThe AMP is Australia’s most important music prize because it’s judged purely on artistic merit. Having been both a judge and a nominee, I’ve seen the incredible amount of thought that goes into selecting the shortlist.

Anyone who lands on there can be assured that it’s no accident. Australians are making some of the best music in the world at the moment. $30,000 can go a long way towards touring and recording your next album – another important reason to get behind the AMP!”

Amongst the longlist are King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard for one of their four albums released this year (Flying Microtonal Banana), Courtney Barnett for her collaboration with Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice, Gang of Youths for their ARIA favouriteGo Farther In Lightness, Gold Class, PONDMere Women and heaps more.

Check out the Australian Music Prize website for more info.

Alex Lahey – I Love You Like a Brother
Ali Barter – A Suitable Girl
Alex Cameron – Forced Witness
Beaches – Second of Spring
Ben Salter – Back Yourself
Billy Davis – A Family Portrait
BIRDZ – Train of Thought
BOAT SHOW – Groundbreaking Masterpiece
Boo Seeka – Never Too Soon
Brightness – Teething
Cable Ties – Cable Ties
Cameron Avery – Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams
The Creases – Tremolow
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
Cub Sport – BATS
Dappled Cities – IIIII
Darcy Baylis – Intimacy & Isolation
Ecca Vandal – Ecca Vandal
EWAH & The Vision of Paradise – Everything Fades to Blue
Gang of Youths – Go Farther in Lightness
Glitter Veils – Figures in Sight
Gold Class – Drum
Gordi – Reservoir  
Gretta Ziller – Queen of Boomtown
Hazel English – Just Give In/Never Going Home
Holly Throsby – After a Time
Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher
Jess Locke – Universe
Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra – Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra
Jordan Rakei – Wallflower
Kasey Chambers – Dragonfly
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana
Liars – TFCF
Machine Translations – Oh
Mere Women – Big Skies
Methyl Ethel – Everything is Forgotten
Paul Kelly – Life is Fine
Pond – The Weather
Sampa The Great – Birds and the BEE9
The Smith Street Band – More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
Tim Rogers – An Actor Repair
Time For Dreams – In Time
Tornado Wallace – Lonely Planet
Underground Lovers – Staring At You Staring At Me
The Vampires – The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke