TUNE Scrimshire - Convergent (Wah Wah 45)
Following 2011s ‘The Hollow’, (BBC 6 Music Album of the Week) Scrimshire releases his third opus ‘Bight’ on Wah Wah 45s.
‘Bight’ exemplifies progressions made as a singer, songwriter and producer from ‘The Hollow’. It’s an album replete with references to one man’s love for the deep blue sea, songs about being adrift and conversely ‘Beached’.
Once again Scrimshire has hooked up with two of his favourite vocalists, Resonators front woman Faye Houston and long-time collaborator Stac, but it’s on this album that his voice really comes into its own. Scrimshire himself takes centre stage on vocal duties on the current single, ‘Convergent’, the melancholic ‘Drift’ and haunting ‘Siren’, as well as dueting with Stac on the captivating ‘Beached’ and with Faye on the rousing ‘Blister’.
It’s not only on the microphone that Scrimshire has raised the bar though. He single-handedly produced the whole album, but this time constructing tracks using techniques more usually applied to electronic/dancefloor music. This experimentation touches on ambient, dub and hip hop sounds whilst still keeping in line with his soul, jazz and acoustic roots.
Being born in Rugby, the sound of Saturday Night on Mercia Sound had been a formative experience of dance music, as it was then, influenced heavily by jazz funk and fusion sounds from the likes of Herbie Hancock to Freeez. But music played at home throughout his childhood ranged from classical to big band jazz to funk and soul and a little prog rock or electronica here and there. Understandably Scrimshire’s sound is steeped in jazz, soul and funk, but with a nod to contemporary sounds, and with strong song-writing sensibilities.