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Scott Seskind self-released two records, his self-titled debut in ’85, and ‘Chance’ in ‘91, recorded at home on a 4- track. Both records are careful collections of precise and observant songwriting; some reflective with a melancholic calm, whilst others ring with a punk desire that feels transcendent of the time and place it came from. As relevant now as it was then.
Scott has been a social worker in Boulder, Colorado for over thirty years. Some of the residents of the care home where he’s worked for the last decade have been there for as long as he has; many with mental health issues and most with little money and only basic government insurance. His songs often touch upon a sense of marginalisation and vulnerability- the banal and the heart-breaking. He would often perform in front of his projected photographs; mostly portraiture of strangers, a directness of gaze that runs parallel to his music.
In 2009 Scott was picked up by the US label Yoga Records for a selection re-release on a limited digital run, but he held back from rekindling his live show. Then in 2016 ‘I Remember’ was included within the wonderfully crafted compilation ‘Sky Girl’, on Australian label Efficient Space, where it sits amongst other bold, wildly strange and eclectic lost voices; a record of painstakingly salvaged private and rare pressings.
Selected tracks/ photographic works/ info at www.seskind.com Sky Girl Efficient Space Bandcamp