When your legacy is etched into NZ music history for being a crucial part of influential Kiwi bands The Clean and The Bats, solo efforts can sometimes suffer the weight of expectation. For this reviewer, the soundscape was new and Robert Scott was just the name on a CD I was looking forward to immersing myself in.
From the groove of Lights Are Low to the up-tempo Vertigo and uplifting vibe of Where The Frost Lies, this is a treasure trove of deceptively intricate musicality.
At first feeling like easy listening music, subsequent passes with headphones revealed opposing, intertwining melodies and rhythms. The guitar colours are a definite stand out and the haunting vocals of Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins) add an extra dimension, often helping Scott to venture out of his own vocal comfort zone. At times his voice is a little quiet, lacking in power relative to the rest of the music, but acoustic numbers like Lazy Boy and Hear The Hondas give it the space needed to stand out.
‘The Green House’ is an album that continues to grow on me, proving an intriguing and worthwhile late introduction to the iconic Robert Scott.