SCOTT C. PARK – returns this Autumn with new single: “Slide”, a track of surficially sanguine slacker-pop that fires subversive pot-shots at organised religion from the sidelines.
Taken from a new 7-track EP entitled ‘Scampy Lampy’, it’s a release that confirms Park as one of most exciting alternative singer-songwriters currently operating under-the-radar. Out now on Charlie Clark’s No Big Deal label, the single and EP are available to hear now.
Described by Park as “the smirking soundtrack to my exit from Christianity”, “Slide” is a song that finds the Isle of Lewis artist turning down communions to instead turn-up the gospel according to Metallica. A daringly damning indictment of the Church, its Parquet Courts-esque call-back chorus of “joining is easy… the hard part is leaving” is likely to convert plenty of believers to Park’s songwriting abilities, less so the big man upstairs.
With its laid-back and loping riffs, laissez faire lyrical observations and a fuzzed-up guitar solo so precarious it threatens to derail at any moment, “Slide” somehow hangs together as one of the slickest pieces of slacker-pop you’ve likely ever heard come out of Scotland. With a sound that apparently owes more to the Playstation than his time spent in the pews, the track takes its musical cues from one of popular culture’s less-likely prophets…
Finely balancing the sincere with the silly, like the playground staple of its namesake, “Slide” is a release that ultimately wants you to have fun. Something that proves to be a recurring theme throughout his new EP: ‘Scampy Lampy’.
A testament to the fact that even the greatest art can come from the most unlikely of places, the ‘Scampy Lampy’ EP was largely recorded in the laundry room of a campsite on his home of the Isle of Lewis. With all tracks written by Scott C. Park, its songs navigate through lyrics of the heart-warmingly comical to the heart-on-sleeve confessional, as he tells his story of losing faith to searching for inner peace.
Featuring “Slide” as well as the dreamy previous single “The Smoke”, the diverse range of sounds explored by the EP find Park straddling the lo-fi sidewalks of Pavement as much as they find him stalking the streets of Nashville; tipping his hat to the oeuvres of Wilco, Kurt Vile, and Bright Eyes along the way.
Mastered by Pete Fletcher at Black Bay Studio with additional drums and synths also added there, the EP was mixed jointly between Fletcher and Park. Additional contributions throughout the record include those from DC Macmillan and Simeon Fletcher on drums, Paul Martin on keys, Conor Smith on pedal steel, Michael McGovern on acoustic guitar, and Park’s wife Danielle on backing vocals.
The honest declaration of an artist trying to figure out the world, whilst having the most fun he can along the way, on the ‘Scampy Lampy’ EP Scott C. Park lays the foundation for a bright and promising career ahead. Oh and if you were wondering about that name:
In support of the new music, Scott C. Park will be hitting the road for a series of shows with Colin Macleod. Catch him at these dates and venues as follows:
WINTER TOUR DATES
18 Dec: Aberdeen, The Tunnels*
19 Dec: Glasgow, Oran Mor*
21 Dec: Edinburgh, The Caves*
23 Dec: Stornoway, An Lanntair (Sold out)*
*w/ Colin Macleod
Tickets on sale here: https://www.gigsinscotland.com/artist/colin-macleod