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Tracking Outside In

by Scott Hinkson

Scott Hinkson creates vibrant landscapes with his alternative rock/pop release "Tracking Outside In". On the darker side of happy, on the indie side of mainstream, Hinkson fuses material written on acoustic guitar with electronic drums and melodic guitar
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Lately
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2. Center/Line
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3. Everything Solo
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4. Amber
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5. For You
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6. Agreed
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7. Day One
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8. The Other End
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9. On The Inside
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10. Wide Eyed Mine
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11. The Bow Song
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12. Carving Casualties
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Scott Hinkson is the eyes, ears, brains and brawn behind the visceral and emotional terrain of his own blend of rock/pop/alternative material. Unique enough to poke its head through the common regime of mainstream radio, Hinkson's sound is quick to fight off any hasty categorizing or labelling. However, Hinkson's strong songwriting immediately appeals to the masses as he is sensible enough to understand the importance of melody, hooks, and catchy arrangements in a great tune.

A founding member of Winnipeg band "Far Gone", Hinkson honed his songwriting chops the old-fashioned way - bashing it out in basements and on stages all over town. In 1998, leaving behind a history of notable accolades and three albums worth of material, the band's two charismatic front men, Hinkson and Trevor Tuminski (who would later go on to form Jet Set Satellite) split up the project in favor of toiling away at their respective solo careers.

Since that time Hinkson has been surprising audiences, garnering enthusiastic response from high-profile performances at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2001 to 2003, Corefest, televised performances on Global News and A-Channel, along with regular club dates at the Pyramid, the Zoo and Academy Coffee House. Critics have embraced Hinkson's recording efforts during this time when 2003's "Music for the Short Film 'Man Alone'" showcased the darker, melancholy side of his talent.

Whether he's playing alone in an intimate setting or accompanied by a backing band, Hinkson is the axis upon which the music turns, often incorporating keyboards, loops and strange tunings to enhance his creations. Hinkson's material is diverse enough to conjure up power and raw emotion one moment, fragility and uncertainty the next. This duality is convincingly tied together by a compelling vocal with clever twists of melody and the backbone of acoustic guitar his songs are founded on.

Now, in late 2005/early 2006, Hinkson has finished building his formal introduction to you - his official debut album, "Tracking Outside In". His intention: to build up the already healthy fan base he enjoys, secure radio play in the commercial and non-commercial markets, and find an interested management, publishing, and distribution/label arrangement for the album and his future outings and career. The arrival of a strong songwriter like this is rare and Hinkson is sure to be a industry staple as a performer, producer, or whatever will come over the following years. Be sure you arrive with him.

Recent and Relevant Album Credits

- "Music for the Short Film Man Alone" 2003 - (Songwriter, Performer, Producer/Recording/Mix and Mastering Engineer)

- SNOOPER "Under The Radar" 2004 - (Producer/Recording/Mix and Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals)

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Darryl Sterdan - The Winnipeg Sun - Jan 20, 2006

"...one of the more varied and intriguing solo sets we've heard lately"
Tracking Outside In is truly a solo CD -- Hinkson plays nearly every instrument and produces himself. And yes, on these dozen cuts, the craftsman proves he can work an earnestly bittersweet melody and spin an engagingly personal tale with the best of them. But the former member of bands like Far Gone and Snooper also shows that unlike many troubadours, he's not afraid to plug in, crank up and rock out too. Plus his ear-catching production invests these songs with layers and textures that elevate them far beyond the usual bedroom-fi diary musings. All of which make Tracking Outside In one of the more varied and intriguing solo sets we've heard lately -- and mark Hinkson as a local artist to keep track of. STANDOUTS: The strummy bounce of Everything Solo; the string-sweetened folk-pop of Agreed; the skittery electro-rock of Day One.
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Chris Yackoboski - CHARTATTACK.COM - January 20, 2006

"...came out of nowhere like a fully formed diamond."
It's not often that an artist can surprise a jaded rock critic. Scott Hinkson has done just that with his new Tracking Outside In album, which seemingly came out of nowhere like a fully formed diamond.

The Winnipegger blends together some pretty disparate sounds, yet still makes accessible tunes. Whip together the majestic ambition of Jeff Buckley, the hooky simplicity of a tougher Tal Bachman, the challenging nature of Failure, and the warm and soft tones of Eric Matthews, and you'll have a strange musical stew. Maybe that recipe's impossible to make, but describing the varied sounds of Tracking Outside In is almost as hard. You try it.

...Hinkson's last release was a soundtrack. So it may not come as a surprise that Tracking Outside In reveals great detail in atmospherics and a wide range of instrumentation. It sounds like a record that was worked on patiently and, maybe, obsessively.

Hinkson wrote, produced, mixed and mastered every song on the new CD. He also sang and played a multitude of instruments. Maybe his brilliantly catchy first single, "Everything Solo," reflects his Prince-like musical ambition.
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Joanna Fultz - RRC "The Projector" - February 6th, 2006

"...Hinkson has made an album that is well worth a few spins"
B+ "Subtle intros of quick fingered acoustic strumming and sinuous lyrics as heard in songs like Center/Line and Agreed, are woven throughout the disc, entwined with stiff, powerful songs full of conviction and tied down by rock roots. This braided combination gives the album a well-rounded feel...impeccably timed bursts of raw lyrics and rock, providing a sound that sets him apart from run of the mill pop tarts. While he tracks his way into the ranks of memorable Canadian artists from the cold obscurity of the vast musical unknown, Scott Hinkson has made an album that is well worth a few spins."
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Mike Warkentin - The Uptown - March 30, 2006

"Nice stuff, with more to follow, hopefully."
B+ "... on [The Bow Song] Hinkson manages to create not just a song but an environment and a mood. Lately, Everything Solo and On the Inside also warrant some love. Nice stuff, with more to follow, hopefully."
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Dave Garvey - Stylus Magazine

"A solid effort"
The pop radio-ready songs vary from full, clear rock/pop melodies to softer and acoustic. All of the songs are textured and layered with swelling electric sounds, showing the effect of long hours spent on the recording. Thankfully the vocals maintain a simple, singular approach, and utilize presence over studio effects. A solid effort...
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Jeff Monk - The Winnipeg Free Press - September 9, 2006

"...headed for greater notoriety"
His earnest style combined with the quasi-chamber-pop edge to his better songs show promise Hinkson is headed for greater notoriety. Tracks like the stirring Agreed, with its bright orchestral underlay, uplifts with a Love-ish hopefulness while Day One is the best Paul Westerberg song he didn't write.
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