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martes, noviembre 13, 2007

Minutos Musicales: Scout Niblett

Emma Louise Niblett también es conocida por el pseudonimo de "Scout Niblett".

Composiciones realmente inmesas, alejadas del ruido adicional e interpretadas con una magistral combinación de guitarra, batería y voz que muchas veces ella misma toca. Cuando se la escucha, múltiples nombres vienen a la mente: PJ Harvey, Shannon Wright, Lisa Germano, Joan As Police Woman, Cat Power.... y verdaderamente no desmerece a ninguna de ellas debido a su particular estilo y potencia emocial en las composiciones.

4 discos contando con el que hoy os presento (el primero publicado en 2001) avalan su carrera y es una pena que muchos no la hayamos descubierto antes. Si no la conocéis, seguro que os dejará gratamente impactados.... ahí es nada.

"She is known for her intimate live shows and her blond wig while performing.[1] She is currently living in the United States, where she has worked with the influential recording engineer Steve Albini.

Niblett grew up in Nottingham, England and chose her stage name in honour of Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, the protagonist in Harper Lee's 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird. She studied music and performance art at college, and also expresses an interest in astrology—explaining the title of her 2005 LP Kidnapped by Neptune, she says, "Neptune is this planet that everyone has in their chart. But for me, where Neptune is right now and has been for the past two years has been affecting my chart in a huge way. Neptune is kind of the musicians’ planet, it rules music." She currently resides in Portland, OR.

Niblett has released three LPs, through the Secretly Canadian record company in North America and through Too Pure in the United Kingdom. Her first release was a split 7" single with Songs: Ohia in 2001. Shortly after this she released her first LP Sweet Heart Fever, recorded at Chem Nineteen Recordings in Hamilton, Scotland by producer Andy Miller with drummer Kristian Goddard. Her follow-up release was a one-sided 10" EP, I Conjure Series, recorded live, where Niblett plays all the instruments herself. For the next two albums—2003's I Am and 2005's Kidnapped by Neptune—Niblett enlisted the help of Steve Albini, as well as guitarist and bassist Chris Saligoe. She also features on Songs: Ohia's album Magnolia Electric Co. (2003).

Niblett cites among her influences a number of grunge period bands, including Mudhoney, Sonic Youth and Nirvana, and in particular the guitar of Kurt Cobain. In fact, she has covered the Nirvana song "Verse Chorus Verse" in concert. Her drumming technique, however, is inspired, she says, by a man who played at an open-mic night in Nottingham and would accompany himself on the drums while playing Beatles covers. This drumming technique has been a particularly distinctive feature of Niblett's records with Steve Albini, whose method is to place the drums centrally in the mix. A good example of Niblett's minimalist approach to songwriting is "Your Beat Kicks Back Like Death", included on I Am and as the B-side to "I'll Be a Prince". It consists solely of a drumbeat with a cheerfully delivered repeating lyric, "We're all gonna die!", eventually concluding, "We don't know when, We don't know how." Niblett names the song as a favourite. Also of note is her downbeat cover of Althea & Donna's 1978 reggae hit "Uptown Top Ranking", which Niblett released as a single after it became popular at live performances."

Grupo: Scout Niblett
Disco: This Fool Can Die Now
Año: 2007
Web oficial: http://www.scoutniblett.com/
Canciones destacadas: Dinosaur Egg, Kiss, Baby Emma y Your Last Chariot

1 comentario:

sergi dijo...

"Kiss" mejor canción internacional del 2007!