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Polly Scattergood performing at the Shoreditch Festival in Hackney, London; July 2009
|Birth name||Polly Scattergood|
18 October 1986 |
Wivenhoe, Essex, England
|Genres||Indie pop, experimental, alternative rock|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, musician, songwriter|
|Instruments||Keyboard, piano and guitar|
Polly Scattergood (born 18 October 1986, Wivenhoe, Essex, England), is a British singer-songwriter. She has been described as ethereal, dark, intense and quirky, while her musical style has been described as "early 21st century electro-dance-pop of London proper". Scattergood's debut album, self-titled, was released in spring 2009 in the United Kingdom and United States. It received mixed but generally positive reviews. Arrows was Scattergood's second studio album, it was produced by Ken Thomas and Jolyon Thomas and released in Autumn 2013. Arrows received positive reviews in the media with The Independent, Rolling Stone and Mojo each awarding it four stars.
Scattergood grew up near Colchester, the eldest of three siblings with two younger brothers. Despite misunderstanding in the press, her name Scattergood is her family name. It means "here today, gone tomorrow".
Her mother was an artist and her father an actor. Scattergood's first memory of making music was playing a toy piano when she was aged four. Aged 12, having listened to Suzanne Vega's song "Luka", Scattergood concluded, "Music doesn't have to be strident to carry a strong message" and "That you don't have to shout. You can say things and people will listen if they want to." She has stated she would often listen to Leonard Cohen as a teenager.
After graduation she caught the attention of music industry executive Neil Ferris who took on her management. Ferris then introduced Scattergood to Daniel Miller head of Mute Records. He led her to her current producer Simon Fisher Turner.
Scattergood describes herself as a storyteller. "I write about emotions and moments, not all are biographical." Scattergood's debut single entitled "Glory Hallelujah" was released in 2005 on Ark Records and produced by Greg Walsh. Her September 2007 single "Nitrogen Pink" was released on Mute Records. The single "I Hate the Way" which was written on a toy keyboard was released on 22 September 2008 on both limited edition 10 inch vinyl and iTunes. The song has been described as "documenting her emotional instability and penchant for going to bed with unsuitable men".
On 10 November 2008, Scattergood was a guest on the Rob Da Bank show where three of her songs were played ("I Hate The Way", "Untitled 27" and "Nitrogen Pink"). Da Bank called her "The Kate Bush of the 21st century". On 28 November, she played an acoustic set on the Janice Long show ("I Hate The Way", "Please Don't Touch" and "I've Got A Heart"). When asked about her discovery of music, she replied, "I found a guitar when I was about 12, in the coat cupboard, it had maybe 3 strings on it ... I just taught myself".
"Other Too Endless" was released as a single from the album on 23 February 2009. It was named "record of the week" on the Steve Lamacq show. The download version features a remix by Vince Clarke who is a member of Erasure, ex Yazoo and ex Depeche Mode. iTunes made it 'Single of the Week' on 30 March 2009. "Please Don't Touch" was her fourth single, released on 4 May 2009. February 2009 saw Scattergood playing several clubs and hosting her own club night. She then re-released "Nitrogen Pink" and released "Bunny Club" as singles. On 7 March 2009 Scattergood gave a live studio session on the BBC Radio 2 Dermot O'Leary show. Her cover version of "Puff, the Magic Dragon" proved to be popular with listeners, introducing many for the first time to the artist. An EP of the iTunes performance was released in August 2009 on iTunes. She supported Amanda Palmer in September 2009 at Union Chapel, Islington.
In 2011 Scattergood recorded a cover of New York New York for EA Games "The Wall" trailer. It premiered in Time Square, "The Wall" trailer won the Mi6 Gold award for "Best Use of Sound" and the Mi6 Silver award for "Best Game Footage Trailer. In 2012 she remixed the M83 song "Reunion".
Scattergood released her critically acclaimed second album, Arrows, on 22 October 2013. The album was produced by Ken Thomas who has previously worked with Sigur Ros and M83 and consists of 10 songs, including singles,"Disco Damaged Kid" "Wanderlust" and "Cocoon", as well as a reworked version of the previously available song, "Silver Lining". "Disco Damaged Kid" won the public vote on 6 Music's roundtable. "Wanderlust" was remixed by Charli XCX and "How To Dress Well" featured in America's Billboard Magazine. The album was well received and awarded four stars by Mojo, The Independent and Rolling Stone Magazine.
Scattergood supported Mute labelmates Goldfrapp at the summer series 2013 concerts at Somerset House, London on 20 July 2013.She also played two sold out nights at London's Madam Jojo's.
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions|
|2005||"Glory Hallelujah"||Glory Hallelujah - EP|
|2007||"Nitrogen Pink"||Polly Scattergood|
|2008||"I Hate The Way"|
|2009||"Other Too Endless"|
|"Please Don't Touch"|
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