An atmospheric and moody blend of melodic bass, steel guitar, interstellar keyboards, and enough fluid drums to propel a cosmic float around the universe from Erik Scott, bassist best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Sonia Dada, and Flo & Eddie. Erik has also recorded with others,such as Kim Carnes, Carl Palmer, and Pops and Mavis Staples. This is his debut album.
Wow...cool!!! FIVE Stars out if Five When you give such a high caliber musician with so much universal experience too much time on his hands what does he do??...he comes up with the most interesting...grooving....floating...ambient...melodic instrumental cd you will ever own in your collection...the production and arrangements are world class and is just really fun to listen to....the coolest solo cd from any bass player you will ever own...i love it!!!... --Herb Eimerman
Erik Scott - Other Planets 2008, Eskimusic Productions Erik "Eski" Scott has a long history of raising a ruckus. After sixteen years raising the rough reveille of youth with Sonia Dada, Scott has taken a little break to pursue other musical avenues. Along the way he's played with Alice Cooper, Flo & Eddie, Kim Carnes and Mavis and Pop Staples, just to name a few. Erik Scott's latest release, Other Planets, finds him dabbling with steel guitar, melodic bass and what he terms as "interstellar strings". Tranquility abounds on Other Planets, but that wild energy that has run through everything Scott has touched over the years is here, deep within the still waters of this musical moment. Bartalk is built of the sort of ups and downs one might see in any microcosm of society. A bar is as good a random sample as any, and Scott captures the swell and release of human interaction perfectly in rise and fall of the musical passages within. Guitar and keyboard carry on the main conversation here, while passersby (keyboard, bass, drums) provide the background noise and occasionally spill over into the main conversation. The sonic imagery is almost perfect. Sundogs takes its name from the scientific phenomenon called a parhelion. Parhelia are the mock suns you sometimes see to either side of the actual sun usually shortly after sunrise or shortly before sunset. Sun Dogs were debated as portents in the middle ages, and have even been used as signed to start wars. They are coronal objects that result from sunlight reflecting off of ice crystals in the atmosphere; illusions. Scott's musical interpretation seems to play with the concept of illusion while perhaps implying a purpose unknown or unseen. Peace On Saturn is one of the most pleasant surprises I've heard on an instrumental album in some time. Scott uses pedal steel here in an almost ambient setting that could be described as some sort of "heavenly" country music. The pedal steel sighs and wails its way across a serene musical landscape provided mostly by a conversation between bass and guitar. Despues De Guerro is my favorite track on the disc because it perfects the theme that Scott seems to be trying to draw out of all the songs on Other Planets. It's music as a conversation between instruments. This concept was put forth bluntly on the opening track, but the underlying theme is not so much of instruments playing together as conversing. On Despues De Guerro Scott achieves a near-perfect conversation where guitar, bass, drums and pedal steel all find perfect rhythm, pacing and content and lift the whole project to enlightened speech. (Not to mention that Pink Floyd fans will be very pleased with some of the passages in this one). Not to drive a point too hard, but Erik Scott brings out his inner Floyd in flashes on Bassque Revolution (particularly in the opening). Bass is the primary voice in this wonderful composition, taking center stage while piano and keys egg it on and trill laughter throughout. Make sure to listen carefully to Foggy Bridges when you get there. The opening distorts sound like fog distorts sights seen in the distance, but the bass leads you where you need to go and the piano is as beautiful as sunlight illuminating the world through the mist. --Wildy's World