"Space And Other Things" UK Album Review
Scot Sier's space odyssey for social change. A musical journey towards a better world. - Melodymine
With a passion for social justice and a deep concern for the state of our world, Scot Sier has crafted an LP that is more than just music - it's a call to action. Each song has been carefully written and produced to deliver universal messages that address critical issues such as free speech, human rights, rising inequality, racism, and climate change. The album's overarching goal is to inspire meaningful change and promote unity through shared values. Through 'Space And Other Things,' Scot Sier invites listeners to join him on a journey towards a more enlightened world, one where we come together to address the challenges facing humanity. Get ready to be inspired, uplifted, and energized as you embark on this musical adventure.
Opening with 'Colonizer', the vintage space theme plays through the Moog electronic synthesizer and transforms the tune into an astonishing collaboration of instrumental music with the smoothness of Scot's familiar voice. It is composed and performed so well that the smooth melodies and lyrics strongly puts one in a state of wonder and worry at the same time as its deep metaphorical commentary begins. Let go of yourself in a masterful synchronization of resounding guitars, drums, percussion, strings, brass and even flutes, as this track brings a hypnotic musical wave revealing its core narrative.
that is sure to leave a lasting impression on
listeners. It is a genre-bending journey that combines stunning soundscapes with profound lyrics.
Up next is a song entitled 'LGBTO'. It is an empowering anthem that celebrates and embraces the unique diversity of individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. It could inspire listeners to stand up for LGBTQ+ rights and promote acceptance and inclusion while combating discrimination and bigotry. The possible impact of this song is endless with its boomy funky exciting style and upbeat that promotes love. Delicious bass lines and guitars drive the energy under Scot's catchy vocals. A crispy and tight beat takes control alongside an abstract tune making the whole composition interesting and memorable.
This album is a proficient example of how music can convey emotional value and depth on the subject matter. The richness of the music and its various elements work together to create an immersive experience for the listener. The album successfully captures the essence of individual topics through its use of instrumentation, melody, and lyrics, highlighting the emotional nuances and complexities of the theme. Overall, the album is a testament to the force of music to evoke emotions and evoke thought on important issues.
We have previously talked about 'Newspaper Man' in Melodymine magazine. It's an impressive track that pays tribute to the dedicated work of a beloved newspaperman. The song reminisces on the challenges that long-time newspaper vendors face as they struggle to keep up with modern press technologies. From its mighty guitar to the beat-chasing rhythm, the music captures the urgency and tension of this struggle. The driving drumbeat creates a sense of momentum, while the warm bass tones round out the instrumentation, giving each instrument room to shine. Through its nostalgic and reverent tone, the song honours the dedication of newspaper vendors and celebrates the era when print media dominated the industry.
'Refugee' is a standout track that captivates the listener with its impressive and engrossing mix of key changes. The guitar takes centre stage in this powerful song, driving the melody forward with force and intensity. The spacious strings back Scot's effective vocals and a transition where we hear instruments like sitar and tabla mixed with electronic and acoustic drums. Through its lyrics, the track provides a glimpse into the painful journey of refugees and the immense challenges they face. The song's themes of empathy and solidarity, human rights, social justice, cultural identity, diversity, and home and belonging are all included, making it a powerful tool for raising awareness and inspiring action on behalf of those who have been forced to flee their homes. It's an open call to break the chains and bring a change that encourages listeners to join together in a collective effort to bring about positive change, particularly in the context of the refugee crisis.
'7 Generations' welcomes refreshing trumpets to an already huge band of musicians who are veterans of their skills, showcasing them through sensational performances. It is a striking, unequalled musical arrangement that establishes its own identity through thoughtful melodic rendition. Listening closely to the song reveals the concept of the '7 generations' by a respected leader of the Oglala Lakota tribe known as the Chief Crazy Horse. It refers to a belief that the actions of one generation have an impact on the next seven generations to come. In this context, Chief Crazy Horse's prophecy was that the Oglala Lakota people would experience seven generations of suffering and hardship before they would achieve spiritual unity and prosperity. The song exquisitely emphasizes the teaching and perseverance of the Oglala Lakota people in the face of this prophecy, as well as driving inspiration to elaborate its lyrical expression from their eventual triumph in achieving unity and peace. Overall, the song is a tribute to Chief Crazy Horse and the values of spiritual unity and perseverance that he embodied. A tribute to the prophecy of spiritual unification.
At this point in the album, Scot Sier has definitely nailed the mindful creation of a distinctive music style. Nothing feels like it's been heard before, at least not in such an artistic form. Truly original! And there's more to come...
'Venus' is a free-hand drawing on the large canvas that this album already has provided, shooting high- pitched notes, glittering within chord progressions. It is a wild ride with thought-provoking words that captures the essence of the human experience in the modern world. The song tends to point towards a vivid picture of a society that often feels hollow and superficial with its poetic and evocative lyricism. Firing up the strong punchy drums and shooting into the skies with the amplified guitar, this track brings out more impact mixed with some spicy electronic sounds, and, of course, Scot's quality vocals. On the other hand, the song has emotions that are particularly poignant, representing the emptiness and shallowness of modern culture, living in a society that worships materialism and consumerism, leaving many feeling lost and adrift.
After an immense gush of complex musical embroidery, we get some outstanding vocal resonance with a leading saxophone. The opening line of 'The Actor', "I am just a man who lost his way", sets the tone for the song, conveying a sense of vulnerability and uncertainty. An actor or performer feels most alive when they are on stage. However, even in their art, they are fighting an internal battle, expressed lyrically in the song as the 'curtain hides the darkness of his fight'. The song is a narration, a speech highlighting the struggle to articulate complex emotions and the fleeting nature of time while also finding solace in the experiences and words of others, and the actor is constantly chasing their dreams.
'Memory In Time' is a deeply personal and introspective song that echoes the profound impact of a life lived. This song is a dedication to the artist's parents which adds a layer of emotional resonance, underscoring the idea that our lives are inextricably linked to those of the people we love. A calming ambience with reflective vocals. The song also evokes a sense of wonder and awe at the grandeur of the universe, juxtaposed against the relatively brief span of human life.
In conclusion, Scot Sier's highly anticipated album, 'Space And Other Things,' is more than just music - it's a keen and honest observation of humanity.