Scout Niblett - The Calcination of Scout Niblett (2010)

question: how do you get your ultra-minimalist singer/songwriter album to not suck? answer: get Steve Albini to produce it. and when i say ultra-minimal, i mean it; nothing here but Scout's voice, electric guitar, and drums (she plays 'em all) - no synth-y overdubs, back-up singers, or shitty canned strings, just Albini's trademark inside-your-skull percussion, fuzzed-out dirges of riffs, and vocals vaguely reminiscent of the chick from Denali (what ever happened to her?). there's excellent use of silence throughout - it never feels cluttered or busy, yet manages to be incredibly forceful at times. a must listen for the engineer/producer crowd.

good luck getting a job, tho

6 Responses so far.

  1. Lana says:

    I'm only through the first track, and already in love. Thanks!

  2. Michael says:

    this download isn't working :( really want to hear it.

  3. ill! says:

    it seems to be working just fine

  4. Kurt says:

    Ever since big black ripped our heads off aeons ago we have known that Albini is god, why are we surprised by anything he does?

  5. Alex says:

    This utterly spell binding. The use of space, and contrast has real impact. And of course when those classic "Albini" drums kick it slaps you in the face like a brick. Brilliant.

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