Tom James Scott - Drape


Tom James Scott

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Tom James Scott - Drape

Tom James Scott’s two previous CD releases for Bo’Weavil Recordings
both featured acoustic guitar as primary voice. His first LP - while
maintaining similar melodic sensibilities and a feeling of hushed
expanse - sees piano become the main focus, with the title,
‘Drape’ (defined in literature documenting past and present dialect
native to what is now Cumbria, as, ‘to speak slowly’) determining pace
and durations across the four pieces presented. Strings of single
notes become humming, shadowy resonances within the body of the
instrument, echoing into frequent pause and fragmentation.

Initially conceived on guitar and voice, photograph and title were
also principal catalysts in the formation of the final work. The image
of an older relative as a child holds a likeness through subsequent
generations. A now largely extinct colloquial definition of a word
still in common use marks change through evolution and loss. Both
convey a past unknown at first-hand, yet both are reflected in the
present, fragmented and imagined.

Title information:
Drape. To speak slowly.**

Hisk. To open, as of children gasping for breath, or sobbing. Cf.
Icel. hixta, to hiccough, to sob.**

**As defined in 'Lakeland and Iceland: Comprising A Glossary of Words
in the Dialect of Cumberland, Westmorland, and North Lancashire Which
Seem Allied to or Identical with the Icelandic or Norse', by T.
Ellwood. First published in1895.

*Taken from Emily Dickinson poem No. 606


Drape is, apparently, a word in Cumbrian dialect meaning ‘to speak slowly’, and this album certainly does inch along its course at a geological pace. Scott, who has previously issued two albums of acoustic guitar, here switches allegiance to the piano, the latest in a recent string of meditative solo piano albums by the likes of Matthew Bourne and Rob Haigh.

On the title track – indeed throughout – his foot weighs heavy on the sustain pedal, letting the skeletal chords and brief phrases melt and elide in a lugubrious pool of yearning and regret. “Hisk” (another Cumbrian term with Icelandic roots, this time ‘to open, as of children gasping for breath, or sobbing’) begins with three minutes of low hum, then he tolls both extremes of the keyboard to intense dramatic effect, with long pauses, as if he’s carefully considering his options before striking each well spaced chord. “Bright Flowers Slit A Calyx” (citing Emily Dickinson) is a lachrymose miniature constructed of weeping triplets.

Scott can’t quite move his instrument away from its long-ingrained mode of romantic melancholy, from Beethoven and Chopin right through to Glass and Feldman. Yet we’re still a long way from Richard Clayderman, and you could comfortably file ‘slow music’ like this close to Richard Skelton’s quietly insistent, therapeutic explorations of the landscape of grief and wonder. Rob Young


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  1. Tom James Scott - Things Lost
  2. Tom James Scott - Speak
  3. Tom James Scott - Hisk
  4. Tom James Scott - Bright Flowers Slita Calyx

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