07.11.13 — “Together Forever” by Jackson Scott

Jackson Scott

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Together Forever” by Jackson Scott (2013, from the forthcoming album Melbourne).

Jackson Scott is a 20-year old musician who is originally from Pittsburgh, and who currently calls Asheville, North Carolina home. His songs sound like he’s heavily influenced by bands from the Elephant Six collective (Apples in Stereo, Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power, Music Tapes, of Montreal, Beulah, Dressy Bessy …), but he denies that he’s even into those bands.

He says, instead, that he’s heavily influenced by Pink Floyd. In particular, he has a special affinity for Syd Barrett. Which explains his weirdness.

Scott came down here under the guise of attending UNC-Asheville, but never really had any intention of going to school. He just wanted to make music. That’s what he’s done.

Like a lot of stuff in the Elephant Six collective, he makes his music in a bedroom studio. Lots of hiss, lots of fuzz, lots of squall. Everything is totally unpolished and DIY in every way. Lots of pitch-shifting with the vocals. Yes, it sounds like I’m describing an Apples in Stereo Record, or a Music Tapes record, or an OTC record. I’m not sure if I believe him when he says that he’s not into that stuff.

No matter what, though, at the end of the day he makes some pretty good indie pop songs. I don’t think he likes the terms “indie rock” and “indie pop”, but if the shoe fits…

I stumbled across Jackson Scott’s name yesterday when I was doing research on Water Liars, but I didn’t give his name even one thought. Until I saw his name again today, when I got something in the mailbag about his forthcoming debut album and tonight’s song.

This is that song.

“Together Forever” by Jackson Scott

For most of the song, the guitar part reminds me so, so much of the cover of “Yard of Blonde Girls”, as done by Jeff Buckley, from his posthumous album Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk. Especially the burst of guitar at the beginning of this song, which is eerily similar to the burst of guitar at the start of “Yard of Blonde Girls”. Even the treatment of his vocals is reminiscent of Buckley’s vocals on that magnificent song. Buckley didn’t write the song, though. In fact, the second verse of the song is about him, written by some girls who he used to hang with. He may have been the first to record it, but he didn’t write it. Another post for another day.

I don’t think Jackson Scott would be able to deny the influence of Jeff Buckley.

Jackson Scott’s debut album Melbourne will be released July 23 on Fat Possum Records. You can pre-order a copy of it from their web store.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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