Today’s music review comes from Kev Scott’s Album “Appeals For The Lonely” a finely mixed project that has a nice folk vibe. As I mentioned the mix allows for the amazing instrumental work to shine as the album opens up with a strong 3/4 groove led by Kev who brings out a warm vocal performance paired nicely with some strong songwriting. “Appeals For The Lonely” is a great listen for almost everyone as Kev takes us through different emotions with songs like ‘soldier’ which brings out our inner hope for the troops as well as the worrisome bravery a soldier must bear as he prays for a trusty rifle. Kev Scott’s songwriting was particularly the ‘meat and potatoes’ of this album, you can really hear that he put a lot of time and effort in his approach of the overall mix and dynamic ranges from song to song. The musicians did an amazing job as well especially the drummer who really shined throughout, especially on “Tonight’s Prayer.” I thoroughly enjoyed this album, it was an easy listen but really dense in musicality which is what I personally love in my music. “Appeals Of The Lonely” by Kev Scott releases on September 28th, 2018 (09/28/2018) on SoundCloud so be sure to pick that up as a great gift this winter!
Brett David Stewart (Freelance Journalist)
Review - Kev Scott’s ‘The Loved Ones’
By Brett David Stewart (BrettDavidStewart.com)
As an independent music critic, I get a slew of alternative rock outfits of every shade across my desk on a daily basis. It’s a particularly hard scene to break out of, perhaps even the most saturated with the exception of the hip hop and singer songwriter communities. Kev Scott, a musician from the North-West of England is attempting to cut through that noise with his latest studio endeavor, an LP entitled ‘The Loved Ones.’ Does Scott stick the landing, or fall flat amidst a sea of other alt-rock acts in the indie scene right now? Let’s find out.
‘The Loved Ones’ opens with its titular track, a reverb-soaked jaunt through slide guitar, melodic harmonies, and Americana-esque instrumentation. As a performer who cites the likes of Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac as influence, that footprint is immediately obvious in Scott’s work. That’s not to say it’s derivative, though, because it isn’t. The title track of ‘The Loved Ones’ offers a fantastic foray into alt-rock that sounds like the lovechild of Wilco and My Morning Jacket.
The LP’s second track, ‘They Get A Feelin,’
gives the listener a proper insight into Scott as a lead vocalist since he’s fairly buried in the production of the first tune. He has a nasally sound to his voice that could probably best draw a parallel to Tom Petty’s, so with that said, it definitely works for him. The explosive nature of ‘They Get A Feelin’ is what makes the track so excellent, though, and the entire band is helping craft a massive, cinematic landscape.
One of the highlights of ‘The Loved Ones’ is likely ‘Helpless (Cryin’ Out),’ a country-tinged ballad that offers a particularly lovely performance. The sound that Scott establishes on the tracks preceding the song is still largely at play: lots of reverb and the instrumentation sounds very full. There’s a dose of country crooning and lonesomeness in the lyrics, though, and that’s a welcome experimentation that suits Scott well.
As the album progresses, there are some interesting sonic experiments to pick out of the experience. ‘This Twisted Love’ houses a terrific lead guitar performance throughout the whole track, making the song worth spinning on a good sound system. There’s a saxophone, too, and one can’t help but wish it wasn’t so undermixed. You can barely hear the brass, and that’s a shame, because when it does arise out of the song, it’s splendid. ‘Good Old Harry’ is another intriguing endeavor, one that showcases the softer side of Scott’s writing, even if some of the lyricism is a bit kitschy. “Smiles will appear when I think of you.”
In the mid-section of ‘The Loved Ones,’ there are some potential pratfalls. ‘Carried My Baby,’ for example, is largely forgettable track that’s far longer than it needs to be. Lacking any particularly compelling lyricism, ‘Carried My Baby’ is the weak link in the collection, and ‘The Loved Ones’ could have been a bit tighter with its exclusion.
‘White Feathers,’ however, picks up that slack with Scott’s best foray into folksy singer songwriter territory. The song, which slowly grows from a relatively soft starting point, is absolutely stunning. Scott’s songwriting is in fine form and when the backing vocals slowly build around him, it’s masterful. I’d go as far to argue that ‘White Feathers’ is the highlight of ‘The Loved Ones.’
At first glance, ‘Gonna Chase Your Clouds Away’ is a daunting affair, clocking in nearly eight minutes in length. It’s definitely one hell of a jam session, but that shouldn’t deter listeners. The chemistry between Scott and his backing band exudes from this track. Again, though, I wish Scott’s mix didn’t blur all of the instruments together into one sonic heap. I want to hear that saxophone loud and clear. Regardless, the foot-stomping finale of the track is one of the best moments on the record.
‘Where The Love Grows’ is another instance similar to ‘Carried My Baby.’ The song is listless, not nearly as impactful as tunes like ‘White Feathers’ or ‘This Twisted Love.’ The track could have been a snappy three minutes, but it’s well over five, and wanders into oblivion because of it. Scott can be rather fascinating when he explores extended territory, but in the same vein he can fall flat when the song lacks conviction.
As the album’s finale, ‘My Heart’ offers one of those longer performances that does feel necessary. The atmospheric effort slowly builds in a fantastic fashion, even if the highly repetitive lyricism may get easily annoying to some listeners. ‘Gonna Chase Your Clouds Away’ may actually have been more apt as a closer for the album, but ‘My Heart’ does the collection justice anyway.
‘The Loved Ones’ is a very good independent alternative rock record peppered with folk, singer songwriter, and country influences throughout. It has its missteps, but by and large it’s stronger than the majority of its counterparts in the scene. Hence, to answer the question posed at the beginning of this analysis: is Scott able to cut through the noise? Yes, most of the time he is.
Rick Jamm (Jamsphere Magazine)
“The Loved Ones” is the brand new album by Lancashire singer-songwriter Kev Scott and is the follow-up his 2014 debut album ‘Songs about People & Feelings’. The collection of songs which is a journey through love, loss, tales of strange relationships and world issues is performed by Kev (vocals, guitars, keys, piano, harmonica & banjo), backed by long time collaborators Steve Pellatt (drums), John Banks (lead guitar) and co-producer Chris Holland(bass/lead guitar).
This is a terrific set of ten songs that features anything a person would want out of a folk-rock influenced album: soaring harmonies, desperate lyrics, fast-paced build-ups and cool come-downs. Kev has a wonderful rapport with the other players and the musicianship is strong throughout
Standouts “The Loved Ones”, “Helpless (cryin’ out)”, “Carried My Baby”, “White Feathers” and “Where The Love Grows” have really nice musical build-ups to them and great sustaining emotions running through the arrangements. These are songs that pull you in and keep your attention. But to be truthfully honest, every song will draw you in, simply because the lyrics, harmonies, and overall musicality are blissful.
The album itself is an easy five stars; an exceptional, moving record from a tremendously talented artist and group of musicians. There’s some peaking and distortion at the various ends of the dynamic range, and that’s what makes it so much better than the common dump-a-digital-album release.
This sounds like an authentic recording by a real live band. The so called revival of folk-rock continues with Kev Scott, but do not be tricked into thinking that this album is just another addition to the long list of Mumford and Sons, the Lumineers, The Head and the Heart collectives, etc.
Scott’s influences go much further back. If you love music, you will love this album. If you love passionate vocals, you will love this album. If you love lyrics, you will love this album. You will love this album. Period.
Some music you have to get in to and let it grow on you, but that’s not the case with this. The songs are fairly simple melodically but with lush acoustic dominated instrumentation and emotional singing.
The album has moody, somber material such as “My Heart” but also forges moments of sheer exuberance as on “This Twisted Love”, which means I ended up being more impressed with Kev Scott than I initially thought I would be.
Why didn’t I listen to Kev Scott sooner? That was my thought after listening to his new album. The year is still new, but to my mind “The Loved Ones” will hold up as one of the best in folk-rock music all year. On each and every song Scott is always ready to make his play not just for your ears, but for your heart and soul as well.
Amelia Vandergast (freelance creative writer & poet, Blackpool UK)
Kev Scott is an exceptionally talented alternative singer song writer. Based in Fleetwood Lancashire UK. From the instant you press play one on of his tracks off his ground breaking album The Loved Ones you become consumed by the jaunty jingle of the guitar, he’s encapsulated the essence of players such as Johnny Marr from the and James Dean Bradfield from the Manic Street Preachers. Yet, there’s something quaint and rather beautiful about the delivery of his eloquent lyrics. He boasts a sweet sense of nostalgia that traverses you through the past, with such stark influences stemming from the Texan 50’s era, It’s only a matter of time before Quentin Tarantino uses one of this guys tracks on his soundtracks!
The rolling riffs of the guitar is sublimely subversive, Kev is definitely a talent to watch. My first impression of the track was one of pure perplexion, for a home grown artist you’d expect grainy and less than perfect production however the seamless flows of the tracks are something I’ve previously only heard on professionally produced tracks.
Kev Scott is the epitome of a true artist, I’ve had the pleasure to get to know the passion that lies behind his projects, he’ll reach inside of his own soul, cast his demons through the melodies that traject raw emotion through his poignant lyrics.
I’d definitely recommend Kev Scott & his bands to any fans of The Black Keys, Johnny Marr & The Kooks, He’s all of these bands and more. Each Track off The Loved Ones album boasts it’s own versatility. I’d be amazed if there were a style Kev couldn’t turn his deft hands to.
The band as a whole create an atmospheric cacophony, a rare synergy that bands such as The Beatles have boasted. It’s a rare to listen to a track you know won’t leave you for long after you’ve heard it. I definitely found this when listening to Carried My Baby off The Loved Ones album which you can check out on YouTube on the link below;
Kev Scott – The Loved Ones
With a lovely fried psychedelic pop sheen is the blissful beauty of Kev Scott’s “The Loved Ones”. Songs radiate with optimism in the future. Downright lush, the songs shimmer and shine. Vocals take center stage on the album presenting a true sense of soul. Like the Flaming Lips’ delivered with earnest tenderness these songs have a dream hue to them. Attention to detail results in gorgeous buildups of sound. Nicely emphasizing this is the journey-like approach of the lyrics which go hand in hand with the driving sensibility of the sound, constantly shifting into new terrain.
Things start off on a high note with the classic rock infused ballad of the title track “The Loved Ones”. Swinging with a sense of purpose the piece is a myriad of wonderful sounds coming together to create series of unexpected twists and turns. Reminiscent of a rawer Elvis Costello is the sincerity of “Helpless (cryin’ out)”. Powerful and potent is the energetic work of “This Twisted Love”. A soothing mood takes over on the reflective nature of “Good Old Harry”. With a great western twang is the spacious arrangement of “White Feathers” whose communal spirit is quite inviting. By far the highlight of the album is the sprawling ambitious of “Gonna Chase Your Clouds Away”. Ending the album off with a space-rock infused atmosphere is the surreal work of “My Heart”.
Kev Scott delivers something simply stunning on the heartfelt “The Loved Ones”.
The UK artist Kev Scott has released a new album entitled ‘The Loved Ones’. His sound is a combination of rock, pop and folk music. Kev has been playing music since the ripe age of 10, playing a variety of instruments from strings to drums while honing in his skills.
His first solo release was back in 2014 entitled ‘Songs About People & Feelings’, this release was a monumental moment for Kev and just the beginning. Now in late 2016 Kev released his follow up ‘The Loved Ones’ which includes ten tracks for us to enjoy. He received help from a variety of backing musicians and collaborators such as Steve Pellatt on the drums and Chris Holland on bass/production. You can definitely hear the classic folk/rock inspirations throughout the album, ranging in a spectrum of Neil Young to The Beatles!