NYC artist GUITARMY OF ONE presents retro sci-fi inspired ‘Soylent Seafoam Green’ ahead of ‘The Wave Files’ LP
“An accomplished ex-punk who has made the striking transition to atmospheric soundtracks” ~ Big Takeover Magazine
“Helland has tapped something interesting and, dare we say, magical… Soundtracks for the movie in our minds” ~ PopMatters
“Fom hardcore punk to thrash metal, to folk-punk cabaret, to working with J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), and more; Helland never fails to surprise with his continuous evolution as an artist” ~ Ghost Cult Magazine
“Outlandish, playful, mysterious… plays out like the soundtrack to an old detective television show” ~ Alt77
Guitarmy of One presents his latest adventurous offering ‘Soylent Seafoam Green’, the third single from his forthcoming crowdfunded album ‘The Wave Files’. With the title and mood inspired by the 1970s cult sci-fi movie ‘Soylent Green’, this song mixes dark ominous guitar riffing with surf guitar swells and foreboding reverb drenched melodies.
This is surf rock with a gothic edge from guitarist Scott Helland, an ex-hardcore punk bass player turned instrumental songwriter, whose first band (Deep Wound) was formed with alt-rock trailblazers J Mascis and Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr). He would later join hardcore/ crossover thrash stalwarts Outpatients, School of Violence and Darkside NYC before ultimately forming post-punk duo Frenchy and the Punk in 2005.
This solo project combines the thrilling sounds of spy-themed instrumental surf guitar music with punk vitality. Taking listeners on a sonic adventure to the realms of intrigue, danger and surf-soaked excitement, Helland channels that raw and unconventional spirit into a quirky fusion of genres.
“‘Soylent Seafoam Green’ is in keeping with my blend of the spy and surf sound and is quite dark for a surf song. However, it fits the theme of the 1973 dystopian thriller film ‘Soylent Green’ of which the song’s title is based, but don’t worry, listening to the song repeatedly won’t lead to cannibalism!” says Scott Helland.
Earlier, Guitarmy of One released ‘Kolchak meets the Sea Mobster’, with a Spanish guitar-influenced twist and lead track ‘Top Secret Agent Man on a Wire Tapped Phone at Sea’, along with a fun spytastic video.
This record picks up where his latest album ‘The Spy Detective Collective’ left off. Helland explains, “I wanted this album to be music you want to travel with – in your mind or physically. It’s action music, and I think it should ignite your imagination and take you on a journey.
“Wordless music relies on the visuals it creates so if it can take you on a sonic adventure across continents, or at least counties, my work is done. The idea for this album is rooted in spy and detective shows from the 60s, 70s and 80s. I want the music to be a sonic equivalent of those shows and movies where you’re riding the waves of intrigue and espionage so the music has to match that sense of urgency and excitement.”
As a full-fledged espionage-inspired surf rock act, Guitarmy of One takes us on a thrilling musical journey, blending the realms of instrumental guitar, surf music and the mystique of spy themes within the one person band format. Helland weaves his mysterious and generous acoustic-electric melodies over propulsive spy riffs and electro beats, layering and building patiently toward engrossing payoffs.
Influenced by Spanish guitar, punk and metal, Guitarmy of One conjures up images of secret agents, high-speed chases, and hidden agendas through his intricate layered compositions. His mix of surf guitar techniques (i.e. reverb-drenched chords, lightning-fast tremolo picking, and tremolo bar vibrato albeit with a Bigsby bridge pedal) creates a sonic landscape that is both nostalgic and forward-thinking.
As of July 26, ‘Soylent Seafoam Green’ is available across digital platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp, where the full album can already be ordered. On August 18, ‘The Wave Files’ album will be released on CD, as well as digitally.
Written, performed and produced by Scott Helland
All instrumentation by Scott Helland
Engineered by Jason Sarubbi Split Rock Studio, New Paltz, NY
Mastered by Jason Sarubbi
Cover Art by Nukui Bogard
Layout and Single Design Samantha Stephenson
‘Top Secret’ video filmed and fdited by Guitarmy of One
Artist photos by Samantha Stephenson
1. Top Secret Agent Man on a Wire Tapped Phone at Sea
2. Jack Lord of the Sea
3. Kolchak meets the Sea Mobster
4. Soylent Seafoam Green
5. The Sea and the Seventh Veil of Surveillance
6. Plight of the Searchlight
7. Sea Legs Diamond
8. Espionage a Trois on the Open Sea
9. Must be the Season of Treason
10. Seance for the Saint
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