It’s been about 15 months since Scott Free announced he would putting out an EP entitled ‘Widow Sessions’. Scott Free has been involved in the music scene for years, however this project is the first time we have seen him double as the front man and guitar player.
OMBG has been following this latest evolution of Scott’s musical career very closely. He has sent us quite a few songs from this particular EP to play on our weekly show and we have gladly done so. I knew the EP was going to be a good one just from the songs that I heard on the podcast. I was not, however, prepared for what would happen when I heard the packaged product for the first time.
Scott is currently the founder and sole member of this project. Compared to Scott’s usual music stylings, this comes at quite a surprise, but there’s something to be said about the simplicity, purity, and rawness that this instrumentation brings to the table. From personal experience, it’s very hard to make a solo acoustic album stand out in a world full of bass, drums and electric guitars. It’s even harder to take such a simple instrumentation and give it the balls and feeling of a full band sound. He however does this and does it extremely well. The raw emotion, the soulful voice, and heart-felt lyrics are all this album needs.
The album itself as a whole is one of the best local albums I’ve heard in a long time. It unfolds as a story in a book, each phrase and guitar lick adding to the other until you reach the melancholy, yet hopeful conclusion. The songs play on the stylings of Glen Hansard from the Swell Season and The Frames and Blake Schwarzenbach from Jawbreaker, Jet’s To Brazil, and The Forgetters. It’s truly a beautiful combination.
I’ve always been a fan of ‘sad old bastard’ music. I love music that pulls at your heartstrings in such a way that you can’t help but feel something. It conjures up memories of past loves gone wrong and bad decisions that left you with nothing but a bottle, an empty hole where a heart should be, and convoluted memories of a life lived all wrong. This album does something that top 40 music will never be able to do and despite my recurring conclusion that today’s music is crap, reminds me that their are still those out their creating amazing pieces of original art that have creativity, purity, and essence.
I recommend listening to this album with the strongest alcohol money can buy.
– Brea Guettner, Old Man & Bitter Girl Podcast
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