Scout Paré-Phillips, “Your Light”

Louis Pattison

By Louis Pattison

International Editor
on 11.06.14 in Listen to This

Is it me, or are the fiefdoms of goth and country closer now than at any time since the late, great Rowland S. Howard stalked the earth? Iceage have gone cowpunk, King Dude is doing his recently-exhumed take on outlaw music, and now there’s Scout Paré-Phillips. A former member of Baltimore’s The Sterling Sisters, Paré-Phillips is now located in Brooklyn, has collaborated with Jack White — she appeared on Lazaretto and in the video to “Would You Fight For My Love?” — and has selected Dais Records to seed her pitch-black doom ballads to the wider world. A baritone guitar moans quiet and low, metal percussion rattles like a poltergeist, and Paré-Phillips sings of “a darkness that’s been following us / I can see it standing in the doorway…” But there’s passion here, as well as dread, and any cold souls who swoon to the voice of Marissa Nadler or Beth Gibbons should give themselves to “Your Light” without delay.