Scatter Factory – ‘Out The Blocks’ (Overblown Track Premiere)

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I’d say it’s been a long time coming for a new artist to emerge, who is capable of mixing the oomph of bands like Neu! and early Kraftwerk with the melodic sensibilities of legendary soundtrack guru Vangelis and even a bit of Giorgio Moroder (I’m thinking bits from the Midnight Express soundtrack). Enter Scatter Factory, who is releasing the new single ‘Out The Blocks’ ahead of the release of the eponymous debut album on July 22.

It is upbeat and leads one to ponder – how can this sound so familiar yet so fresh at the same time? I think because, while the sounds are pretty new, they actually result from a clever combination of influences and elements reminiscent of a handful of other brilliant artists. Just after the 1/3 mark, Scatter Factory starts weaving this really spacey thread into what is otherwise a rather upbeat track, similar to Zodiac’s infamous self-titled track or the PPK remix of this (called ‘Reload’). Addictive composition loaded with intrigue and dreamery.

Apart from the artists mentioned above, I’m wondering if perhaps the author is a fan of Japan and their conceptual approach to special symmetry within their music, and also whether Bonobo might number among modern-day influences. This is so futuristic yet retro all at the same time – a fantastic feat in itself, not to mention the fact that this music is really quite great.

Scatter Factor is the solo project of Will Foster, previously a member of acclaimed art-pop band Delicatessen, as well as Top 40 hit-scoring Lodger in the 1990s. Since then it seems he’s had to fortune to participate in some very high-level music projects involving Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler, Martina Topley-Bird, The Fratellis, Heather Nova and Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde.

To top it all off, the fantasic cover artwork for the ‘Scatter Factory’ LP and ‘Out The Blocks’ single comes courtesy of famed artist James Marsh, renowned for his Talk Talk album covers.

While you’re waiting for the LP to drop, you can also grab yourself a free download of another track from this album, entitled ‘PowWow’. The ‘Scatter Factory’ LP releases on July 22 through Flecktone Recordings and will be widely available through digital stores and also as a digipak CD.

‘Out The Blocks’ Artwork:

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Jamie Coughlan is the founder of Overblown. He talks a lot about himself and is totally pretentious. Terrible with personal finances. Loves beer gardens. He has written for the RTE Guide, A Music Blog, Yea?, The Thin Air, Gigwise, and is a contributor to The Tipping Point.