Fisher sings about the sunny side
- Rob Cullivan
- Gresham Outlook - Features
Accomplished producer to tickle ivories at Edgefield Nov. 6
His songs have graced the soundtracks for the snarky young adult TV series 'Gossip Girl' and the chemistry-teacher-turned-methamphetamine-
maker on 'Breaking Bad.'
He's produced such artists as Jennifer Singer and Ben Fuller, and worked with Zane Carney, session guitarist extraordinaire who's been seen on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' as a house band member.
But Scott Fisher, 35, a Portland native who attended Catlin Gabel, decided he needed a break from writing for others and decided to write more for himself. He purchased a little Los Angeles bungalow on Sunnyslope Avenue and remodeled the living room into a studio.
'It was always my dream to have a comfortable home environment where I could produce and record,' he says. 'But it also became a refuge for me to get back to making music for the sake of making music.'
Which is precisely what he did by putting out the dreamy five-song EP 'Sunnyslope Ave.' The album features Carney as well as the drumming of Rob Stroup, a Portland producer/engineer. Jesus 'Chuy' Flores, a multiple Grammy winner who has worked with Ricky Martin and Badly Drawn Boy, mixed the EP.
'It's always nice to make music like we made music back in the day,' Fisher says, noting he played in a number of rock, funk and fusion bands when he was in his 20s. He'll be playing gigs all over the Portland area next week, including the Winery at Edgefield on Sunday, Nov. 6.
'The opportunity to come back to Portland, my hometown, and play live in these listener-oriented rooms is a wonderful way to introduce the new music and launch a new phase of my musical career,' he says.
Take it easy
The singer-songwriter plays piano, organ and a 'mean tambourine' and possesses a relaxed baritone-tenor voice with a slight hint of huskiness.
Fans of Steve Winwood, Norah Jones, Coldplay and Ben Folds Five would probably enjoy the mid-tempo feel of 'Sunnyslope Ave.,' which comes on the heels of his critically acclaimed sophomore album 'Step Into the Future.' 'Future' spent eight weeks at No. 2 on the on the MediaGuide Unsigned Radio Airplay Chart and was a favorite of dozens of Adult Album Alternative and college radio stations across the country.
Standout cuts on 'Sunnyslope' include 'No Words Spoken,' which has a driving feel, echoes Sade and features tasteful interplay between guitar and keys. Meanwhile, the EP's fifth cut, 'Free' judiciously uses electronic effects to enhance the economic keyboard arrangement, while Fisher seamlessly slides into a falsetto on the chorus.
Fisher says he's drawn to all kinds of lyrical styles, from storytelling to more abstract emotional wordplay, and leaned toward the latter on 'Sunnyslope.'
'It's very much a natural organic not over-thinking thing,' he says.