EP review – Scott Krokoff – Realizations and Declarations Vol.2

Scoff Krokoff from New York is proof that you can break down the stereotypes musicians or in his case, lawyers have. The practising lawyer is proving himself as a musician too. He lends a big influence from a range of talented singer songwriters from The Beatles to Tom Petty and he utilises them wholeheartedly and efficiently. Realizations and Declarations Vol.1 was released back in 2012 and the follow up Vol.2 will be available later this year in the summer/autumn (Fall) . From it, there are two tracks so far. ‘Because of You’ immediately strikes me as a track that would fit hand in glove on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass from 1970. The gently fluctuating opening riff, the steadily rotating acoustic rhythm, the soft edged organs and the well placed guitar solo. Scott’s vocals really add warmth and an extra familiarity with a subtle folk tinge to them, but one that is by no means overbearing or typical. Lyrically it is honest and without gimmicks or distaste and are placed and manipulated well. ‘Walter Mitty’ has more of a groove to it and more melodic hooks to boot. The harmonica’s, the deep bass line combined with the organs and slight energetic guitars all act as a collective, musical hook. The vocals are recorded more in a slightly more isolated way and are backed up perfectly by the backing vocals for a slight expansion of the vocal sound which of course has a melodic kick in it too. Both tracks wonderfully simple and at ease. In a world of old styles clashing with new; the sort of familiarity Scott pulls off can only be welcomed and can only leave you content. If you are in New York in the next few weeks, be sure to catch Scott at Down Pour Café at Deer Park on April 25th and The Way Station in Brooklyn on May 7th.





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