Ontario’s Thomas Scott has been playing music for 16 years and recently decided to make this solo acoustic project Shapes ep. Though growing up on punk and hardcore, Scott always loved simple folk songs, so at age 31, “the absolute worst year of my life,” he finally got down to work on his own acoustic tunes.
Scott describes the finished project as “a pretty bare bones acoustic album with minimal drums and some simple bass lines to complement the melodies. Lyrical content is all about my life and stuff I do. I write about my job, growing up in a small town around closed minded people, and of course, relationship problems.” Scott recorded and mixed in his bedroom using Acoustic Mixcraft 8 (“the cheapest software I could afford when I bought it years ago”) and tracked his guitar with a Shure SM58. Mastering was by an unnamed friend. The sound is indeed stripped-down but clean and intimate.
Scott has an easy, lived-in style on acoustic guitar and his voice has a gritty edge while still feeling quite melodic. “In A Maze” seems to be an unrequited love song with a structure that recalls Elliott Smith. The words are a little hard to decipher as Scott tends to string his many lyrics closely together; I wouldn’t call it “mumbling” but it evokes a singer who’s looking down at his guitar and not always projecting. His bass playing perfectly complements his guitar without drawing attention to itself. “Shapes” is a similar construct with more of a shuffling tempo and simple drum beats. Scott adds offbeat harmonies throughout this song to nice effect. “Dead End” is a quite commercial sounding folk tune with a fatter guitar track and more of Scott’s inscrutable but sincere vocals.
Even by EP standards this is a short collection (less than ten minutes), so it’s hard to get a real sense of Scott’s capabilities. For the future I would appreciate a lyrics sheet so I can fully take in Scott’s musings, and wouldn’t mind a bit more variety to the drum tracks. But for what he’s got here, Scott shows great promise and will hopefully take the next step to a full album.
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