Following a string of impressive releases, each one paving the way a little more notably for the rising artist, Scott Kirby now launches his latest single – the stunning Cool Water – and it genuinely sees him soar higher than ever. Leading with a stripped-back and beautifully pure musicality, a simple guitar-led ambiance, an up-close … Continued
Powerful and infectious in a classic rock and roll fashion, yet stylish and secure enough in its own methods to pour through with a definite level of character and intention.
Things build, they twist and turn, and the latter half completely envelops its audience in a huge moment of intensity and anthem-like melody combined.
If Fate Wants To Mess With Me is fantastic, a gritty and emotional piece of classic rock with an edge of blues-rock and a twist of grunge just occasionally.
The Other Side Of Love showcases a distinct set of qualities that appeal on a deep and addictive level. The opening guitar delicacy, the gentle rasp and increasing passion of the leading voice, the poetic and thoughtful lyrics, the rising intensity, the eventual raw rock energy; all of this works gorgeously within.
“We are all family men, as in family is our biggest priority. We all have people that stand in this world alongside us, love us, and depend on us.”
Simple Life is beautifully set-up, bringing together a blues-rock backdrop with Kirby’s own expressive and lightly raspy vocals, mixing in a touch of almost doo-wop style backing vocals – the finish is organic yet crisp and clean enough to really let you blast it at volume to immersive results.
“I can’t stop making music. I’m an artist. I don’t think I’d know what to do with myself if I wasn’t creating art or making music. I’m not good at fishing or golf.”
New American Hustle sees producer and multi-instrumentalist Ian Smith collaborate with a host of superb vocalists, amidst an array of hard-hitting and almost genre-free compositions; the likes of which pour through with precisely the level of grit, melody and rhythm required to lift you up and provide that perfectly alternative escapism that modern life craves.
There’s a hint of Rage Against The Machine to this style of performance, a welcomed nod to music’s past, though the UK twang and that classic hip hop confidence help take things somewhere decidedly refreshing.
They write from a place of depth, and they craft their songs based on those intentions & feelings – they don’t sit down & say ‘let’s write a country song, let’s write something blues-rock’, the concept & the moment comes first, which gives them purpose, and a quickly unique vibe that runs throughout these four songs.
Whereas some works can be hard to review, this wonderful collection wears its influences on its sleeve and is all the better for it. Unashamedly complex arrangements with no flab, terrific performances all round… what’s not to love?