Blake Scott’s solo debut, ‘Niscitam’, is delightfully bold and bizarre

Blake Scott’s solo debut, ‘Niscitam’, is delightfully bold and bizarre

Photo by Mia Mala McDonald

The former Peep Tempel frontperson joins for episode 19 of Beat’s Turning Heads podcast.

Blake Scott’s debut solo album, Niscitam, is out now via Wing Sing Records. Scott was the guitarist and vocalist with Melbourne pub-punk weirdos The Peep Tempel for much of the 2010s. During this time, the band released three excellent albums – The Peep Tempel (2012), Tales (2014) and Joy (2016) – before going on hiatus in late 2017.

Scott’s songwriting grew stranger and more immersive with each Peep Tempel album, and he continues this trajectory on Niscitam. He teamed up with producer John Lee, drummer Jacey Ashton and bass player Nick Finch to record the album. It’s not a rock album per se – there are moments that threaten to tear through your speakers, but it’s also distinguished by sections of stripped-back restraint, a lot of Factory Records-esque bass lines, extended passages of spoken word and some more straight ahead pop hooks.

For the podcast, Blake spoke about his decision to launch a solo project, the important roles played by Jacey, John and Nick, how he develops his idiosyncratic vocal delivery, what he learnt from a long stint of sobriety and how it feels to be a new father.

Check out the podcast episode below:

I will be back with a new episode of Turning Heads next week. You can find the podcast on SpotifyPodbean and through Apple.

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