There is something wonderfully uplifting and naive about the mittle European B-Movie Pop and Library Music of the 1970’s. An imperfect perfection of sound palette and melody, creating & encapsulating a whole world of hypnotic intrigue. This feeling is what comes to mind when listening to the debut album of Californian Scott Gilmore. A wonderfully concocted tincture of yard sale instrumentation, Walker Brothers guitar, offbeat refrains and home-brew Synthesizers, put together with a truly different sense of perspective, from a musician seeming to exist outside of time and scene.
Scott’s debut is reminiscent (in more modern times) of the pre Moon Safari Air. The playful opening of E70 No.01 leads us on to the Bowie and Eno-esque shimmerings of Europe and the Gainsbourg hazed moments of Flight Through Grey and Subtle Vertigo. The album closes with Walking Underground, a Valley Boy diary of the outsider looking inwards at the bizarrity of everyday life. This is a travelogue of the timeless and gently obscure, a bunch of rarities all in one place, at one time, woven together with an accomplished sense of harmony, counterpoint and vision.
From the river side of the Dordogne, to the Grünewald of Berlin, the white sands of Playa de ses Illetes and the urban sprawl of Van Nuys, this is an alternative sonic reality sent to free the mind and open the heart, as the sun rises high in the sky and the cotton wool heat envelopes us all in it’s gilded cage.
Scott Gilmore was born and raised in Los Angeles. He began playing the guitar when he was seven years old. At the age of twelve he started recording music using a four track cassette recorder. When he was in high school he began experimenting with electronic music–utilizing analog synthesizers and audio sampling. He made field recordings which he then processed and incorporated into his compositions. He learned about audio production through attending garage sales and collecting instruments and pro audio equipment. He continues to make all of his recordings using a quarter inch reel to reel tape machine, which he found while searching through yard sales in the San Fernando Valley. In his early twenties he studied music theory, jazz improvisation, and classical piano. Subtle Vertigo, released on International Feel is Scott’s debut album.