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ALBUM REVIEW: SCOTT COLLINS, ‘LET’S START HERE’

ALBUM REVIEW: SCOTT COLLINS, ‘LET’S START HERE’
April 7, 2017 Nick Howland

Scott Collins
Let’s Start Here


There’s something sobering about the pairing of Scott Collins’ voice and Lexi Cardenas’ violin playing. On Collins’ latest EP Let’s Start Here, the Austin-based folk/Americana artist combines his smooth voice with rolling guitars and Cardena’s emotionally piercing violin. The product of this is a 6 song EP that sounds like it’s been around the block a handful of times; there’s experience behind both the instrumentation and the lyrics that’s still yearning to figure out the world around it. It’s enough experience that shows you the rough spots and hills but doesn’t yet see the flat ground.

There’s much discussion of broken relationships, misunderstandings, and missed opportunities. But there’s hope in it as well, or at least some kind of finality. In “Bones Are Buried,” Collins repeats to himself “These bones are buried / I’m coming home.” It’s a good reminder that no matter the amount of pain we are experiencing, we sometimes need to lay down the burden and turn away from it. There are paths away, we just have to look for them.

Let’s Start Here is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Google Play ahead if it’s physical release at the EP release show this Saturday, April 8 at The Blackheart in Austin. You can also stream the entire EP below.