Aussie Music Legends and Fresh Faces Collide for AMP Shortlist

The SoundMerch Australian Music Prize (AMP) has unveiled its shortlist for 2023, and it’s a doozy.

The Australian Music Prize (AMP) unveils its 19th Shortlist, showcasing the raw talent and genre-bending brilliance that Australia’s music scene has to offer.

This year’s nominees represent the crème de la crème of Aussie music, from experimental trailblazers to pop icons.

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Selected from a mind-blowing 450+ album releases, the shortlist was meticulously crafted by a panel of industry veterans, ensuring that only the most groundbreaking and eargasmic works made the cut.

The winner of the coveted AMP will walk away with a cool $30K, courtesy of independent Australian merchandising company SoundMerch. Genesis Owusu returns to the Shortlist following his 2021 win (Smiling with No Teeth) as does previously nominated artist, Jen Cloher (2013 & 2017).


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Angie McMahon‘s “Light, Dark, Light Again” is a sprawling double album that showcases her raw talent and emotional depth.


Floodlights‘ “Painting Of My Time” is a psychedelic odyssey that’s sure to transport listeners to another world.

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Genesis Owusu returns with “Struggler,” a follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album “Smiling with No Teeth.”

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Gretta Ray‘s “Positive Spin” is a ray of sunshine in a world of chaos.

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Jen Cloher‘s “I Am The River, The River is Me” is a powerful and personal exploration of identity and place.

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Mo’Ju‘s “ORO,PLATA,MATA” is a vibrant and infectious blend of Latin and electronic music.

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Polaris‘s “Fatalism” is a heavy and thought-provoking album that confronts the darkness of the world.

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RVG‘s “Brain Worms” is a garage rock riot that’s sure to get your blood pumping.

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And Troye Sivan‘s “Something to Give Each Other” is a heartfelt and introspective album that will stay with you long after the last note fades away.

This is just a taste of what’s in store at this year’s AMP. With so much incredible talent on display, it’s going to be a tough one to call. But one thing’s for sure: the future of Australian music is in safe hands.

The winner will be announced at The SoundMerch AMP event to be held at APRA AMCOS on Wednesday, December 6, 2023.