Scott 4

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 August, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 August, 1999, 12:00am

Works Project LP - Scott 4 (Folk Archive/V2) With the ever-present Stetson on his head, a bluesy strand in his voice and occasional steel guitar licks, Scott Blixen cuts the figure of a melancholic cowboy singing the blues.

Just as the title suggests, however, Blixen is more comfortable when he is both Ancient & Modern. Works Project LP, Scott 4's sophomore release, presents the essence of the band: an interesting juxtaposition of the sentiments in country music with the dehumanised sheen modern electronic music suggests.

Sonically, Scott 4 pay homage to Krautrock, Kraftwerk and kinetic beats - digital aesthetics range from all-out electronic wig-outs to the fusion of genres. Lyrically, however, Blixen and his cohorts try to paint an apocalyptic picture in which the human race engages in daily existential crises in a shiny, glorious modern world.

Songs like Catastrophe - with Blixen's digitally compressed voice preaching visions of calamity as a stone-cold rhythm section hums on - are that modern disease embodied. Furthering the cause is We're Not Robots, which bears the hallmark of the early sounds of synthesiser pioneers The Human League.