Jackson Scott: Melbourne (Fat Possum) Review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine

Jackson Scott

Melbourne

Fat Possum

Aug 09, 2013 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


The debut album from this Asheville, NC resident is full of humid, hypnotic, acoustic guitar-driven Southern-style psychedelia. It owes nearly everything to the early Elephant 6 bands and Bradford Cox's Atlas Sound, but manages to push the genre a step forward. Scott's cartoonish voice has a phantasmagoric quality that gives songs like "Sandy" and "Any Way" a Beetlejuice-esque ghostly girl group vibe. His lyrics are brash and precious but smartly melt into the mix and often stay hidden behind reverb. There are many highlights, including "Doctor Mad," "That Awful Sound," and opening instrumental "Only Eternal." The real standout here is "Together Forever," a '90s guitar jam recalling the future primitive phrasing of Doug Martsch but missing the technical bravado and soaring solos of early Built to Spill. All in all, it's an incredibly auspicious opening salvo from a fascinating new voice that will hopefully go on to have a career with the length and impact of his influences. And it's another great release from Fat Possum, who's firing on all cylinders these days. (www.jollyyjackk.tumblr.com)

Author rating: 7/10

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