As bassplayer/songwriter for The Clean and frontman of The Bats, Robert Scott helped build the legend that is Flying Nun records. Now he returns to the re-booted label, with his latest solo album 'Ends Run Together'. A prolific songwriter, Scott has explored many sounds over the years, from Folk to almost ambient music. On 'Ends Run Together' he covers just about all of these within one record. Scott's songwriting and singing are endearingly comfortable. Like an old friend, you feel instantly feel at ease when you hear his music.
While it's important for a label to evolve and move with the times, it's great to see (Flying Nun founder) Roger Shepherd looking back to what made the label so great in the first place. For this is a classic Nun release!
Robert Scott's list of music projects over the years reads like a who's who of alternative New Zealand music for the past 3 decades. From his role as bass-player, song-writer and non-Kilgour The Clean and as singer, guitarist and songwriter for his equally enduring band The Bats, he also helmed the acclaimed Magick Heads.
It's hardly surprising that Robert has found little time to pursue many solo records. But songs - lovely, glorious, subtle, mysterious, sad, questioning
and perfect songs - pour out of him constantly, collected in exercise books and on cassette tapes over the years. The result is an outstanding album of 13 engaging songs, as likely to appeal to any fan of great alternative
pop as much as to those already familiar with his past projects. To Robert's guitar and voice (which has never sounded better) are added the
talents of fellow Clean-er David Kilgour, and miraculously, even Lesley Paris (Look Blue, Go Purple) has been coaxed back onto a drumkit for some
of the songs.
Jam-packed full of pop hooks, 'Ends Run Together' features everything from squalling guitar rock ('On the Lake', 'Too Early'), dreamy pastoral folk ('Days
Run Together'), through to the driving krautrock-ish
pop of first single 'Daylight'.