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Scott Spark is an award-winning Australian singer songwriter.
He sings about shift-work, strategies for outsmarting death, love, wanderlust at Christmastime and life’s variety of screw-ups, while plinking the keys of anything that has them. As showcased on his debut album, Fail Like You Mean It, his sound is like a threesome between Randy Newman, Fiona Apple and ELO.
In 2010, Scott was unearthed by triple j, and soon after, released his debut album Fail Like You Mean It – mixed by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine (Laura Veirs, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, R.E.M., My Morning Jacket, Spoon) – via Sydney-based indie label Other Tongues. Tracks gained rotation on triple j and community radio stations countrywide, were named Single of the Week (Inpress, iTunes, Rage), and the album made it onto several Best of the Year lists (The Courier-Mail, Rave). He spent the rest of the year playing more than 50 shows throughout metropolitan and regional Australia, including residencies in Melbourne and Brisbane, a special performance at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), and tours with ARIA Award-winning artists Washington and Tim Rogers (You Am I).
In 2011, he received the prestigious Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship, enabling him to work on new material between Brisbane’s summertime floods and New York’s fall. Then in 2012, Scott went on to record his sophomore album, Muscle Memory, in Los Angeles with US-based Australian engineer and sound producer Ben Tolliday, who has worked on productions with Alanis Morissette, Wolfmother, the London Symphony Orchestra and Guy Sigsworth (Björk).
Already, one of the unreleased tracks saw him win the inaugural Smoky Dawson Foundation Scholarship. Muscle Memory is designed to be a gut-punching emotional wallop of an album, driven by old-world piano and strings, set to the backdrop of living history, and will be released in 2013.
“Onomatopoeic pop music; effervescent tunes that carry a gift for observation. An extraordinary record.” - Liam Pieper, Beat magazine
“There’s barely a dud track on this tight, well-polished debut.” - Chad Parkhill, Rave magazine
“The man’s catalogue is practically defined by a meticulous attention to detail and artfully expressed sentiment.” - Matt O’Neill, Time Off 4magazine
“Spark blends his gargantuan talent for any key-related instrument with brooding, thought-inspiring lyrics to create a kind of piano-popbustle.” - Nic Congram, ThreeThousand
“Sweet tunes that sound like Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright had some very skillful and biologically impossible offspring.” - Jo Walker, frankie magazine
“A beautiful and fascinating soundscape that gets you in and wraps you up.” - Tom Ballard, triple j
“The start of something big.” Sydney Morning Herald