The Jackson Scott Preview
This Saturday, up-and-comer Jackson Scott is getting back to his Pittsburgh roots. The twenty year old musician, whose lo-fi pop songs are getting a lot of online attention, is performing at the Altar Bar with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Wolf People. Earlier this year, Scott began sharing tracks on his Soundcloud account and gained enough momentum to release his debut album. Recorded on a four-track, it has a unique sound that is both haunting and whimsical.
Melbourne is a twelve song LP named after the street Scott lives on in Asheville, North Carolina. He moved there from Pittsburgh after graduating from high school, immersing himself in making and recording music. He says his biggest musical icon is Pink Floyd’s founder and lead singer, Syd Barrett, and you can hear a similar darkness in his music. One particularly eerie song, “Sandy” is about the shootings at Sandy Hook. Light and catchy instrumentals offset the unsettling lyrics, “Little kids/Sitting all around/Wishing they were sound asleep again.” For other songs, Scott seems to play a different character by disguising or pitch–shifting his voice, and in tracks such as “Together Forever” and “That Awful Sound” he relies heavily on the guitar, sounding more akin to bands from the 90’s like The Pixies.
The album definitely lives in a metaphysical realm and during an interview for Pitchfork, Scott says that, “The idea of infinity and eternity is pretty huge for me.” A theme of isolation is also dominant but it draws attention to the fact that we’re all harboring similar feelings of lonliness.