Brocade

by Scott Helland

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Now a member of Frenchy and the Punk and once a member of punk groups Deep Wound (with Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis and Lou Barlow) and Outpatients, Scott Helland worked for a time as a solo artist, writing and performing intricate acoustic guitar pieces with and without various guitar effects. It's an intense, mystical world he creates. Elliptical guitar lines that reflect a Celtic-medieval influence float into the night air. "Travelin' Band of Gypsy Nomads" has a British folk feel. "A Free Ride to the Sun" features thrilling guitar weaves and headstrong rhythm. "Spanish Castles Made of Magic Sand" evokes Jimi Hendrix in its title and then presses on in its own direction, a provoking tune of hearty fingerpicking. " Harry Callahan meets Josey Wales" hints at a Western showdown. "Celestial Reasons" trips toward a meditational pose, too muscular for New Age, but still an easful, restful piece. Helland is that rare instrumentalist who can be both pleasing to the ear and challenging to the mind. He doesn't fit into easy categorization. He's a self-made original.

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released July 7, 2004

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Scott Helland New York, New York

Helland is an American born musician, songwriter and artist. He has over 25 recordings out including 7 solo CDs and 5 CDs with his cabaret folk punk duo Frenchy and the Punk. In the `80s and `90s, Helland played bass guitar with Western MA hardcore punk bands Deep Wound, which included Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis and Lou Barlow, and Outpatients with brother Vis Helland. FNP now tour year round. ... more

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