Kevin Scott


Hello. I’m Kev, a Glasgow-based journalist and fiction writer who happens to feel as passionate about music as I do literature. I am a multi-intrumentalist…no wait, that’s not quite accurate. I own several musical instruments, the workings of which I have failed to fully grasp in two decades of trying. What I am capable of however, is listening to and watching other people play music. So when I discovered Echoes and Dust were looking for people to actually write about this, I got in touch and here am I, listening and writing, but not playing. It has been rumoured that I am so “afraid to rock” that I was once ironically nicknamed Metal Kev. These are allegations that I fiercely deny, however I’m far more at home with Scottish indie, folk, Americana and electronic music as I am with those big ruddy loud guitars and angry drums. I miss making up mixtapes. Some of my more coherent writing can be found at Â

Articles by Kevin Scott

Primal Scream – Chaosmosis

Possibly their best album since XTRMNTR, this is a statement that a band who’ve been on the go for 30 years can still produce something new. No one’s going to say it’s the best thing Primal Scream have ever done, but it’s not half bad. By Kevin Scott

The Deadline Shakes – Zealots

Glasgow folk-pop band The Deadline Shakes have delivered a bright debut that showcases a multitude of influences across a largely upbeat collection of songs, all shaped by sharp lyrics and gorgeous sound. By Kevin Scott

Bill Wells & Friends – Nursery Rhymes

Jazz supremo Bill Wells teams up with a host of familiar indie faces to reimagine some of the best-known nursery rhymes, showing their dark lyrics in a new light with simple, elegant arrangements. By Kev Scott

Nils Frahm – Late Night Tales

German composer Nils Frahm has trawled his vast collection of music for these 23 dazzling and hypnotic tracks that fuse many genres into one of the most spellbinding releases in the long-running Late Night Tales series. By Kevin Scott

The Autumn Stones – Escapists

Toronto quartet The Autumn Stones return with a second album stuffed full of 80’s influenced indie that is sharper, sincere and soulful. By Kevin Scott

Machines in Heaven – Displacer EP

With a second EP to follow their debut album, Machines in Heaven are showing no signs of slowing down, with their crafted electro getting better and better. – By Kevin Scott

Ruben – La Chambre D’échos

French experimental dance outfit release an album of evocative pieces that should be heard by as many ears as possible. By Kev Scott

Lone Wolf – Lodge

After a severe battle with anxiety, Paul Marshall has returned with his third Lone Wolf album, creating an understated wonder that is confessional, engaging, heartbreaking… and brilliant. By Kev Scott

O.D. Davey – Catgut Tape

Lo-fi folktronica that is heartfelt and engaging, but which fails to leave a lasting impression. By Kevin Scott

Errors – Lease of Life

With their fourth album, Glasgow’s Errors have tuned into the 80s and turned up their synths, resulting in a rounder, more approachable sound, but one that moves the band closer to mainstream synthppop. BY Kevin Scott

Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells – The Most Important Place in the World

Returning with a second album, jazz pianist Bill Wells provides the perfect vehicle for Aidan Moffat’s savage yet soulful tales of sex and the city. – By Kevin Scott

Black Sugar Transmission – Violent Muses

An erratic and entertaining album from New York’s Black Sugar Transmission that puts punk at the heart of glam-pop. By Kevin Scott

Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer

Another glimpse in the wonderful world of Dan Deacon sees the electro-melodic boffin return to self-production with the resultant album peppered with glimpses of wonder. By Kevin Scott

Cold War Kids – Hold My Home

On their fifth studio album, Cold War Kids are quick to the punch, with huge bluesy rock numbers, but the high standards don’t last, as the album fades into unforgettable filler. – By Kevin Scott

Menace Beach – Ratworld

It may be hugely derivative, but that shouldn’t distract from the talent on show throughout this debut from Leeds alt-rocking shoegazers Menace Beach. By Kevin Scott

Phantom Band – Fears Trending

Released as a companion piece to last year’s Strange Friend, Fears Trending may not reach the heights of that outstanding album but it has a darker, more playful personality of its own. By Kevin Scott

The Grand Gestures – Third

Glasgow-based Jan Burnett returns with his third album under The Grand Gestures moniker, with another dose of dark electronica featuring guest vocalists. By Kevin Scott

Malcolm Middleton and David Shrigley – Words and Music

The album has been in the making since 2007 and came about after Shrigley created artwork for Middleton’s A Brighter Beat solo album. It may be something of a struggle to get through it all in a single sitting, but there are enough individually strong tracks to make it worth a listen – it’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. By Kevin Scott

Machines in Heaven – Hindu Milk EP

Following up debut album bordersbreakdown with equally impressive EP, Machines in Heaven are one of the best electronic acts to break through this year. – By Kevin Scott

Sounds of Sputnik – New Born

Russian shoegazer Roman Kalitkin teams up with Ummagma for his debut release as Sounds Sputnik, an album with two core songs at its heart. By Kevin Scott

Endless Melancholy – Fragile

With their third album, Kiev’s Endless Melancholy have created a neoclassical ambiance that while not pushing any boundaries feels effortlessly comfortable and is a joy to listen to. By Kevin Scott

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