According to organisers, the winning act will receive £20,000 and be unveiled on 19 June at a ceremony at Glasgow Barrowland.
Edwyn Collins and Mogwai were also among the Scottish acts to be nominated for the award.
John Williamson, who chaired the judging panel this year, said: ‘This year’s longlist had the widest range of music – in terms of genre – in the prize’s three year history. While this could have been a problem, each of the shortlisted albums had considerable support among the judging panel.
‘It is also really striking that while this is a Scottish album prize, all of these are albums that neither hide nor particularly flaunt their Scottishness: many are the result of collaborations well beyond Scottish borders, and similarly their audiences, and potential audiences, are scattered throughout the world.’
The judging panel for this year’s award were: John McLaughlin (musician); Kevin Williamson (Neu Reekie); Nicola Meighan (journalist); Kath Mainland (Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Claire Sawers (journalist); Amanda Millen (goNORTH Festival); Jill Rodger (Glasgow International Jazz Festival); Andrew Weatherall (DJ and producer); Craig Armstrong (musician); Will Fitzpatrick (journalist) and John Williamson (academic).
The full list of nominees is below:
Biffy Clyro – Opposites
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
CHVRCHES – The Bones Of What You Believe
Edwyn Collins – Understated
Hector Bizerk – Nobody Seen Nothing
Mogwai – Les Revenants
RM Hubbert – Breaks & Bone
Steve Mason – Monkey Minds in The Devil’s Time
The Pastels – Slow Summits
Young Fathers – Tape Two