Samuel Flynn Scott: The Hunt Brings Us Life
By Gareth Shute
It would be tempting to generalise about the different contributions the various Phoenix Foundation members make, now that the main two songwriters have their own albums out (and Conrad Wedde has one on the way). Yet Luke Buda’s album showed he is more than just a fan of odd keyboard noises and heavy guitar, and this album shows Sam Scott is more than just a melodic singer/songwriter (though the album begins in this vein before moving to places more obscure). The first curious arrival is the parping euphonium on the catchy, pulsing Giving Up Is My New Morning Sun. The banjo on Chopped Liver - played by co-producer David Long - gives the track a peculiar indie blues feel as if it was played by two drunks in the woods. And the best is still to come with the compulsory rock number It’s A Fact. A succession of drummers keeps the pace of the album ticking along: Riki Gooch (TrinityRoots), Craig Terris (Cassette), and Mike Fabulous (The Black Seeds). And the usual suspects from Wellington music fraternity - Toby Laing (Fat Freddy’s Drop), Lee Prebble, Age Pryor, etc - turn up to ensure the album is filled with a depth of interesting flourishes.