Photo by Mia Mala McDonald
by Blake Scott
Niscitam is the debut solo album from Blake Scott. Better known as a member of beloved Melbourne three-piece The Peep Tempel, Blake is revered for his character driven lyrics and pointed songwriting, evident across the band’s three critically acclaimed albums.
Blake partnered with multi-instrumentalist and engineer John Lee to produce the album at Phaedra Studios in Melbourne with musicians Jacey Ashton and Nick Finch. The album features harmonies of Olivia Bartley. It remains voluminous and bold in arrangement, whilst taking a more introspective path lyrically.
The album explores fantasy and memory, existential angst, and is the artist’s attempt to reconcile febrile hopes for a just and peaceful world against the wild and cataclysmic buffet before him. The result is a musical salve for those enduring the pressures and mundanity of modern life against a backdrop of utopian dreams.
Devastatingly personal and culturally prescient, Niscitam is a piercing and uncomfortably satiating album to absorb this spring.
Niscitam by Blake Scott is out now on Wing Sing Records.