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Skott @ The Echo // SXSW 3/21/2017. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Skott @ The Echo // SXSW 3/21/2017. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

Sweden keeps turning out exciting new talent. The latest “it” recording artist is Skott, a singer songwriter whose delicately tender vocals carefully navigates through beautifully brooding production.

Having just performed a handful of showcases at SXSW, she made a stop in Los Angeles to perform to a packed crowd at The Echo.

Given the sonically robust nature of her recordings, I was particularly pleased to see that she had a full backing band supporting her. While her recordings lean on lush electronic soundscapes,  having live players (as opposed to backing tracks) gave her compositions a visceral life that was particularly pleasing to the ear. That which was already lush was made that much more rich with her band-mates playing behind her.

Skott lets her music do the talking. Though her movement on stage is minimal, when she does gesture with her hands and her arms, you’ll take notice as such movements are made in conjunction with crescendos in emotion. The live contrast between her tender soprano voice and the forceful drive of the music accompanying her was a diametric opposition that played to perfection.

With only a handful of officially released recordings out there in world (I saw only 6 recordings available for sale on iTunes), the performance was relatively short. But with her time on stage, Skott was able to draw the audience in and have them longing for more once the house lights came up. This performance felt like it was just an appetizer for what’s to come. With a full length album in the works, I’m excited to see/hear how this new talent will develop and refine her already solid grasp of musical identity, and will be eager to wait in line for the main course.

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