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Scott Plant: Alone / With Us 12"

Scott Plant: Alone / With Us 12"


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EP by Scott from Broken Prayer, Droid's Blood, etc.

Our take: Alone / With Us is the second solo EP from Scott Plant, following a lathe cut 10” from a few years ago. Through projects like Civic Progress, Broken Prayer, Droids Blood, and Canal Irreal, Scott has made some of my favorite music of the modern punk era, and his turn toward pure electronic music has not dampened my enthusiasm one bit. Indeed, it seems like Scott’s music evolves one step ahead of me, with him experimenting with new styles just as they’re coming onto my radar. Indeed, I’ve been listening to more and more electronic music lately, and Alone / With Us fits in with artists I’ve enjoyed (like Mandy, Indiana and Rakta, for instance) while carrying forward the things I love most about Scott’s previous music, namely his brilliant lyrics. The title of this EP is the name of the first two songs, and they seem like a matched pair here, the first song presenting a portrait of a loner who “hustles” in the “dog eat dog world,” while the second track shifts the perspective to a group (religious? professional? something even more sinister?) that targets those loners by offering them the sense of belonging they insist they don’t want but secretly crave. The music, like all of Scott’s music, is just brilliant. There are no guitars here, just driving electronic drums and a symphony of synths playing off one another with the deftness of a well-seasoned band. I’m not articulate enough to explain what is so distinctive about Scott’s music, but it’s instantly identifiable here and I’m as in love with it as ever. If you’re a card-carrying member of the Scott Plant fan club like I am, you need this, but I can’t imagine any hardcore punk kid with a curiosity about electronic music won’t love this.