Seattle folk-rock outfit Fleet Foxes has taken home the inaugural Uncut Music Award.

Voted unanimously by a panel of industry judges, including BBC Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe and former EMI chief executive Tony Wadsworth, the band's self-titled debut landed the accolade as the "most inspiring and richly rewarding album of the last 12 months."

“Fleet Foxes” was released through Sub Pop in the U.S. and Bella Union in the U.K.

"I think it's an extraordinary piece of work, and a worthy first winner of the prize," said Radcliffe in a statement. "It's a beautiful vocal creation. All the songs on the album are absolutely brilliant, and it just has a magical, ethereal quality."

The award, open to all nationalities, was launched in August.

The eight-album shortlist of albums released between Sept. 1 2007 and Aug. 31 2008 also included Nationwide Mercury Prize winner “The Seldom Seen Kid” (Fiction/Polydor) by Elbow; “Consolers Of The Lonely” by The Raconteurs; Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago” (4AD); Drive By Truckers’ “Brighter Than Creation’s Dark” (New West); the self-titled “The Felice Brothers” (Loose); Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” (XL); and the self-titled debut “Vampire Weekend” (XL).

Uncut is a U.K. music monthly focusing on classic and alternative rock.