Tame Impala Win 2010 J Award


By Chris Mitchell.

The 2010 J Award winners have been announced, and it was rockers Tame Impala taking home the trophy for their album Innerspeaker. Critically acclaimed, the psychedelic sounds of the Western Australian groups debut LP won over the ears of Triple J presenters and listeners.

Triple J have unveiled the winners in the 2010 J Awards. In the six years they have been around, the J Awards have become highly sought after and have built a reputation for highlighting the best music Australia has to offer.

In the past, Triple J doyen Richard Kingsmill and his panel of industry heavies have awarded winners including Wolfmother, Hilltop Hoods, The Panics, The Presets and Sarah Blasko. In recent years, new categories Australian Music Video Of The Year and the Unearthed J Award have been introduced, crowning victors including The John Steel Singers, The Middle East and Art Vs Science.

2010 winners Tame Impala held off an exceptionally strong field to take out the award, beating fellow nominees Cloud Control, Sia, Washington, Birds Of Tokyo, Bliss N Eso, Parkway Drive, M-Phazes, Bag Raiders, as well as ARIA Award winners Angus and Julia Stone.

Innerspeaker was one of the most anticipated Australian releases for 2010. After several years of teasing EPs and raucous festival appearances, music fans were eagerly awaiting the debut album from the Perth band. And it didn’t disappoint. With tracks such as ‘Solitude Is Bliss’, ‘Lucidity’, and ‘Desire Be Desire Go’, the album was featured on Triple J and has received strong airplay all year. Innerspeaker was also a commercial success, reaching number 4 on the ARIA charts.

In the Unearthed Artist Of The Year category, Sydney folksters Boy And Bear emerged victorious, beating a field including a who’s who of next big things including The Jezabels, Big Scary, Gypsy And The Cat, and Stonefield.

It was a massive year for Boy And Bear, with their own headline shows all around the country, as well as being handpicked by Mumford And Sons and Laura Marling to provide support on their respective tours.

Washington capped of an enormous year, with Megan and co winning Music Video Of The Year for Sunday Best. The video was directed by Mairi Cameron and Stephen Lance who created a beautiful 60’s new wave clip.

The J Awards capped off AusMusic month on Triple J, and as the year winds down attention can now turn to voting in the Hottest 100, and anticipation can build for 2011 new releases.