Scraps - Electric Ocean

by Brian Lange. Rating:7 Release Date:2014-03-10

Laura Hill (not to be confused with Lauren Hill) is the brain behind lo-fi this synthy ‘group’ operating under the moniker Scraps. The average listener will surely think: “This girl has got to be from Brooklyn..” That familiar keyboard sound laced with angelic (albeit highly filtered) vocals echoes with familiar sounds prevalent in the early 00s, when do-it-yourself garage bands in tiny apartments seemed to explode out of the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn. However, Hill is actually from Brisbane, Australia and she’s been doing this for a while. Did you know she is also something of a chef? 

If you’re a fan of the wave of synth sounds which came out in the early 80s (see: Human League, Dead or Alive, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan et al), then you’ve been inspired and driven by the same sounds as Hill. Unlike a lot of aspiring musicians, it's evident Hill simply does this because she wants to, because she likes to. She seems content in being relatively unknown and making a few tunes out of her bedroom while juggling her cooking and scrapbooking.  An all-around artist will understand this, as they care only about making what they want to make, not necessarily fame and glory. 

That is not to detract from this record. In fact, it probably helps in a lot of ways. Have you ever sat in a room with other creative types? Often times, none of them have to have any musical talent or abilities at all, but the energy will create something everyone smiles about. Hill makes things that please her, and in turn will probably please the listener. Electric Ocean is full of simple, jaded, catchy, poppy notes you’ll find yourself bobbing your head to.

Hill exists in the underground and, frankly, should not try to escape this bubble. This is the type of music you would want to hear in your own home with a group of a dozen or so of your best mates just before (or after) watching the series finale of that show you all love even though it's scorned by countless others. 

Confused? Think new-wave robo-disco without the crystal clear sounds of the ridiculously over-produced artists of mainstream radio today. There’s a particular sound that’s hard to sum up and explain to an outsider, but for those who can grasp the concept of awesome self-everythinged apartment music, you will be quite pleased with this soothing collection of nine songs, guaranteed to attract every misanthropic robot slave to your room to groove out over cans of motor-oil.*

*No guarantee. 

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