NYC-based artist Scotty Seed has been making music since the age of six starting with piano before venturing out to other genres such as grunge, house, pop, and rock. For him, music has served as a creative outlet of expression and self-therapy, especially during his teenage years. After studying with coach Katie Agresta (who has worked with Bon Jovi), Scotty began honing his own voice and skills, which eventually led to producing his own music. His sophomore record Hallow’s Eve, showcases his dexterity in stitching unexpected genres together to craft his own sound.
Kicking things off with “Intro: I Can Live,” Scotty immerses us into an eerie dubstep soundscape where the indistinguishable vocals add an enigmatic oomph. In “Hallows Eve,” his howling croons dipped in echoes make you feel like you’re stepping into a haunted house. As you dive deeper into the song, the whispery vocals surrounded by the silence evoke an ominous sense of feeling. In “The Mask,” he takes us on a more house trajectory with splash of pop elements as he reflects on the roles and facades we play to get by. “Boogie Man’s Knife” takes us back to that hair-raising, horror film soundtrack moment as the distorted choruses “I saw the boogie man” send paranormal chills.
In “Sorry, You Had to Go” the thumping synths along with the raspy, breathy vocals make you savor that moment when you’re letting go of someone. “Villain” surprises its listeners with its hip-hop melody infused with distorted samples and stretchy ambience. The following piece “Scary: Interlude” feels like a scene in a scary movie where the director gives its viewers a break from the suspense. “Smile for Me” starts off with a slow-burning air before it becomes a cathartic anthem filled with blazing beats. In “Pig,” Scotty uses elements of classical rock to inundate us with ear-knocking riffs.
Scotty takes a more ambient pop direction in the penultimate track “Eden” where he captures the longing for someone. “Did you ever think about me?” chants the artist. While the other tracks of the record feel like they belong to a horror film, “Eden” actually feels like it belongs more towards sci-fi. The final song “I Smell Blood” throbs with minimalistic hefty hooks and gauzy vocals that capture the sinister spirit of the record slickly. “Hallow’s Eve” is definitely the kind of record you’ll play at a haunted house to scare strangers and party with your friends.
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