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by Richard Thorne

Silicon Wins Taite Music Prize 2016

by Richard Thorne

Silicon Wins Taite Music Prize 2016

Oregon-based Ruban Nielson (Unknown Mortal Orchestra) was one of two former winners in the running again for his ‘Multi-Love’, but the 2016 Taite Prize winner proved to be his little brother Kody (aka Silicon) for ‘Personal Computer’.

TheQuietus.com fairly accurately described that album as ‘…a symbiosis of new-fangled technology with old-fangled passion’. Alongside his developing reputation as a producer (Clap Clap Riot, Bic Runga, Sherpa, The Psychs), the former Mint Chicks frontman these days enjoys a reputation as a hard gigging peace-nik, courtesy of events at Adelaide’s Laneway Festival in February.    

From a long list of over 50 albums/artists this year’s eight finalists fully represented the musical and geographical spread of excellence that our music enjoys.

The other 2016 TMP finalists were SJD for ‘Saint John Divine’, Nadia Reid (‘Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs), Princess Chelsea (‘The Great Cybernetic Depression’), The Phoenix Foundation (‘Give Up Your Dreams’), Anthonie Tonnon (‘Successor’), and Marlon Williams for his self-titled album.