A Val­ley boy’s Euro vi­sion

UNCUT - - New Albums I’m New Here - SAM RICHARDS

t can be tempt­ing to draw par­al­lels be­tween a piece of mu­sic and the en­vi­ron­ment in which it was cre­ated. But Scott Gilmore, pris­oner of LA’s end­less sub­ur­ban sprawl, sug­gests that ap­proach can be mis­lead­ing.

“I do not find this en­vi­ron­ment to be in­spir­ing,” he states un­equiv­o­cally, of his San Fer­nando Val­ley home. “Many days I’d like to go into the city and be stim­u­lated by some­thing un­ex­pected, or go into na­ture to re­lax, but the sheer dis­tance keeps me in the stu­dio.”

There, he em­ploys vin­tage syn­the­sis­ers and gen­tly twanged guitars to em­bark on voy­ages of the imag­i­na­tion. A key track on his de­but al­bum Sub­tle Ver­tigo is “Europe”, writ­ten be­fore he’d ever vis­ited that con­ti­nent. “While record­ing it, my mind was filled with day­dreams of rolling hills, rivers and a cabin off in the woods with elec­tronic mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.” Nat­u­rally, Clus­ter are a big in­flu­ence, along with Eno, Kraftwerk, Stere­o­lab and “Bach’s use of polyphony”.

Gilmore has since trav­elled to Ice­land, Ger­many and Ro­ma­nia, although he’s re­turned to the Val­ley – a place he finds, if not in­spi­ra­tional, then at least mo­ti­va­tional. “The ti­tle of the al­bum refers to this sense of un­ease that I ex­pe­ri­ence liv­ing in a vast sub­urb, and it is this ex­pe­ri­ence that pushes me back to the stu­dio where I find joy in the act of cre­ation.”

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