’ recent recognition as a young and talented visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY – as displayed in her accomplished portfolios – shows only a small portal into the creative road that Scout has chosen to go down. Scout’s musical foray started with the Baltimore based post-punk/country act, The Sterling Sisters
. Within the Sisters, her skills as one-half of the primary songwriting force, coupled with her varied instrumentation and balladeer vocal projections made way for Scout to step aside and embark on her own solo performances and creative endeavors.Scout’s operatically trained soprano voice combined with her seemingly effortless proficiency with instruments such as the autoharp and baritone guitar create her own unique hybrid of old time folk storytelling and modern illusionary contrast. Influenced by acoustic legends such as Sibylle Baier
, the vocal conviction of Roy Orbison
, and still holding poetic court with players like Rowland S. Howard
, Nick Cave
and Diamanda Galas
, Scout Paré-Phillips’ songwriting lands in the middle of some very intriguing yet complex influences.
Recently, Scout’s talents have been noticed by Jack White (The White Stripes / Third Man). She was asked to accompany him on “Lazaretto” and even star in White’s new video, “Would You Fight For My Love?“. Her recent autobiographical songs have been collected into a forthcoming album entitled Heed the Call to be released on Dais Records in March 2015. Leading up to this release, Dais is proud to select a “digital only” single by Scout which features the wonderfully simple, yet starkly haunting track, Your Light, coupled with an exclusive remix of her album’s title song, “Heed the Call”.
Crashing crescendos of guitar, percussively strummed autoharp and an array of both acoustic and electronic sculptures by Scout Paré-Phillips with accompaniment by Scout’s beloved musical collaborator,Emil Bognar-Nasdor (Dawn of Humans, Røsenkopf), populate her LP. Scout’s torch songs of pure, raw emotional outpouring compliment the rich timbre of her trained voice, which breathes a new life into the contemporary idea of a “folk singer”. Her narrative about two lovers being torn apart and brought back together over many years has formed a new genre within acoustic music’s storytelling tradition.
Stream the video below!