Scarlett Johansson

Label: Atco/Rhino Records

Apologies for the length of this post, but i’ve included some interesting facts (well they interest me at least) that relate to this artist and the music we can expect from her.

Scarlett Johansson (yes, that Scarlett from the films) is set to release her debut album ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’ later this year. Now, Hollywood A-listers churning out songs is usually a sad attempt at increased fame via dismal sounds. Scarlett, however, has a a fairly decent musical track-record; she was considered for the part of Maria in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage-musical ‘The Sound of Music’, but the role eventually fell to the winner of the BBC talent-show ‘How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?’ and sung ‘Summertime’ for a charity album ‘Songs From the Stars’.

Her album is backed not only by her acclaimed voice. It is produced by Dave Sitek, current godfather of the Brooklyn music scene, who has worked with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Foals and is a member of TV on the Radio. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist, Nick Zinner, features on Scarlett’s album, and David Bowie(!!!) provides vocals for two of the songs. The tracks are all Tom Waits covers, except for ‘Song for Jo’, which is an original by the actress.

Here’s the bit where i try to relay how the music sounds… erm… well, she has a voice that is similar to Sinead O’Connor, the instrumentals are hypnotic, with ample reverb, chillingly light piano that sounds like an old music box and echoing percussion similar to Sigur Ros’s famous Hoppipolla. ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’ might not be a huge mainstream success, but at the very least looks set to have a solid underground/cult following, and (if I may be so bold as to say) could become one of 2008’s greatest albums. It is scheduled for release on 20th May.

Listen to: Falling Down, Song for Jo, I Don’t Want to Grow Up

Sounds Like: A gravelly-toned Sinead O’Connor with an experimental sound akin to Sigur Ros. But at the same time featuring drums reminiscent of New Order.


~ by thebitterpilluk on April 28, 2008.

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