Scott Krokoff – Realizations & Declarations, Vol. 2 EP

Scott Krokoff - Realizations & Declarations Vol. 2

Scott Krokoff – Realizations & Declarations Vol. 2

NYC-based singer-songwriter Scott Krokoff has been balancing the daily grind with the artistic life since the 1990s when he was a member of the band Equinox.  Four albums later, he decided to go solo in the noughties, juggling raising a family and working 9-to-5 with pursuing his musical dream.  His debut album, A Better Life, came out in 2007 and he followed it up with a ‘part-1-of-2’ EP in 2012 titled Realizations & Declarations, Vol. 1.  Scott is now set to release ‘part 2’ with the appropriately named Realizations & Declarations, Vol. 2.  He recently dropped the lyrically-astute lead single “I Got Nothing” on which he ruefully observes the difficulty of transitioning from a platonic relationship to a romantic one – and how easy it is to fumble the play.

Scott’s musical style is influenced by 1960s and 1970s singer-songwriters and he mixes this traditional Americana genre with a modern take on folk-rock and country-pop.  Realizations & Declarations, Vol. 2 is 7 songs long, which is quite lengthy for an EP, but it is an involving, lyrics-led, and personal look at life and relationships from Scott’s perceptive viewpoint.

The EP starts off with country twang of the polished and upbeat “The Right Place”.  It’s a wake-up call to take a chance in life, to make a change, and that “…you need to risk it all…” to get to that “right place” and “right time” in your life.  Scott sings in a clear, matter-of-fact tone amid the full-bodied guitar lines, piano notes, and steady drum beats.  Scott slows it down to a soulful groove on “Because Of You”, a sweet, heartfelt ode to his true love.  Organ note liquid-shimmer, little riffs and strums of guitar, cymbal tap, and a solid drum beat form a warm bed for Scott to sensitively proclaim “Because of you my heart gave way and surrendered.” and now “…I’ll do my best to protect you from trouble and pain.”

Bleak lyrics, bittersweet vocals and violin fill “Scared Little Boy” with melancholy and regret as Scott sings in a downcast tone about a scared little boy who grows up over time into a man who never changes, where “None of his stars ever aligned.”, and who, even in his old age remains the same – guided by fear all his life.  The grimness of the lyrics is alleviated a bit by the light, streaming ramble of acoustic guitar strum.  A similar theme runs through “Walter Mitty”, but the up-tempo pace and rich guitar twang, harmonica, and shaken percussion give off a more heartening vibe.  Scott takes on a mid-range timbre that recalls Justin Currie as he sings “I tried to live inside my dreams / but that kind of world is not what it seems.”

The pace takes off with a lively twirl on “Pissed Off In Paris” as pronounced drum thump, pumped accordion, drawn harmonica notes, and fast-picked guitar vie for attention with Scott’s one-sided, not-so-nice view of visiting Paris.  He sings about the expense, delays, misdirection, and bad weather experienced as a tourist in the city, declaring “Paris, France has left us in the cold.”  It’s too bad that he chose to only relate those bad memories, and not the an even-balanced look at a magnificent city that has so much to offer the world culturally, socially, and economically, just for starters…  Scott returns to his Americana roots on EP-ender “Sparrows”, singing gently against a subdued backdrop of picked acoustic guitar and measured drums that, like a sparrow, “I must find my nest” and “a brand new day.”