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The Hunt Brings Us Life


Samuel Flynn Scott


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   War Over Water   MP3 sample
  2   The Hunt   MP3 sample
  3   Giving Up Is My New Morning Sun   MP3 sample
  4   Chopped Liver   MP3 sample
  5   Gods Legs   MP3 sample
  6   Boil My Bones   MP3 sample
  7   Everything Explodes   MP3 sample
  8   It's A Fact   MP3 sample
  9   Thingy   MP3 sample
  10   Crooks (...and Mr Lady)   MP3 sample
  11   Waiting For What   MP3 sample
  12   8.45   MP3 sample
  13   Walking Whale   MP3 sample


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Fresh on the heels of Luke Buda's Special Surprise, comes another solo effort from a member of Wellington's much lauded Phoenix Foundation - Samuel Flynn Scott's The Hunt Brings Us Life.
Recorded over the last couple of years with producer/collaborator Dave Long (ex-Muttonbirds and producer of Dave Dobbyn's recent Available Light album) in between various other commitments (Scott with the Phoenix Foundation, and Long being seconded into writing music for Peter Jackson's 'King Kong'), it nearly goes without saying that, being a Wellington release, there's a who's who of talent stirring their musical skills into the mix, with Craig Terris (Cassette), Luke Benge (The Inkling), Steve Roche (The Labcoats), Tom Callwood (Little Bushmen), Mike Fabulous (Black Seeds), Toby Laing (Fat Freddy's Drop), Riki Gooch (ex-TrinityRoots) and Age Pryor all making appearances.
Scott's solo efforts firmly treads the alt-country path that the Phoenix Foundation have been known to stray onto on occasion. Catchy opener 'War Over Water', with its lush layering (acoustic, lap steel and banjo) signals his intentions, and tunes like the excellently entitled 'Giving Up Is My New Morning Sun' (replete with a classic country bassline, shuffly drums and more lap steel hovering in the background) and 'Chopped Liver' (proclaimed as a 'country drinking song' with Dave Long adding some fine banjo licks to proceedings) are some of the finest country tunes to have come out of this country recently, without the need add the 'alt' modifier at all.
Not that the album doesn't head off on the occasional odd tangent. Using the sound of sticky-tape being pulled from the roll as the rhythm track for 'The Hunt' is probably a first, for example. And all sorts of instruments move in and out of the soundscape: mandolins, euphonium, every variety of stringed instrument imaginable, and a treasure-trove of percussive 'instruments' ('sweet sugar shaker', anyone)?
The involvement of Long, who as mentioned had recently been working on a major movie soundtrack, and Scott, who has also been scoring music for an upcoming film by Taika Waititi, lends the album a cinematic quality. Combined with Scott's often fragile and heart-felt vocals and excellent lyrics, this 12-track album is as fine a piece of work as any of the increasing numbers of work put out by the wider Phoenix Foundation collective. Highly Recommended.

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Artist: Samuel Flynn Scott
Album: The Hunt Brings Us Life
Cat #: LP035
Date: 12/05/2006
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Loop
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 Days
Genres: Alt/Indie/Punk , New Zealand , On Sale , Pop
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