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The Torrent Sessions

by Scott Hinkson

Alternative rock/pop on the darker side of light, Hinkson posesses a call-to-the-heavens troubadour\'s voice. On his second release, Hinkson bares his blackened skin on this album with songs about tackling our personal demons.
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1. Not Me Maniac
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2. A Second Home
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3. Contamination Day
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4. Neither Here Nor There
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5. The Hunt of Centuries
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6. ***** (Five Stars)
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7. Reason To Come Alive
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8. Surrounded
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9. A Miracle Complete
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10. In the Wake Of
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11. Quicker Than
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It\'s been said in the music industry that you have your whole life to make your first record and six months to create your second. But as an independent artist with no boundaries, the pressure comes only from within; a pressure far grittier and focused than any outside influence. Particularly in the mind of Scott Hinkson – a true artist carved over time out of determination, passion and raw talent - an artist who is striving to trump himself with every project that enters his periphery.

\"My goal is to become somewhat of a prolific artist, whether working on my own material or others, I\'d like to be involved in a project every year or so,\" says Hinkson. \"I do it because I love music and believe in the music that I am creating. The challenge is to bring to life the concept of a song that I have in my head, if not exceed it.\"

A producer who mixes and engineers his own projects and other artists, Hinkson\'s vision has always been on his own songwriting and performing career. Blending intuitive alternative rock with clever twists of pop melody, his sound conjures up roaring power, extraordinary vulnerability and haunting hooks that will make your head swim and your heart ache. Combined with a production style of considerable depth and texture, Hinkson\'s songs stand alone, cutting a swath through the din of mainstream radio and sinking their teeth into an audience that never saw him coming.

While generating material for his first solo album, Hinkson released the 2003 instrumental soundtrack \"Music for the Short Film \'Man Alone\'\", \"...a very austere, moving collection of pieces that takes the listener along the meandering return from a personal abyss\" (Stylus Magazine). \"Your stomach will knot and relax with the twists and turns\" of an ethereal masterwork which drew critical success and established Hinkson as an artist with much on the horizon.

In late 2005 Hinkson released his debut solo effort, \"Tracking Outside In\", \"an album which seemingly came out of nowhere like a fully formed diamond\" (Chart Magazine). Darryl Sterdan of the Winnipeg Sun called it \"...one of the more varied and intriguing solo sets we\'ve heard lately. The ear-catching production invests these songs with layers and textures that elevate them far beyond the usual bedroom-fi diary musings\".

The start of 2006 also brought Hinkson commercial and non-commercial radio support as Hinkson garnered college and mainstream radio play across Canada on the strength of \"his brilliantly catchy first single \'Everything Solo\'\" (Chart Magazine) and \"lightly fuzzy pop rocker ‘Lately’”(Winnipeg Sun)- playing up to 20 to 30 spins a week.

After an incredibly packed CD release turnout at Winnipeg\'s Pyramid Cabaret in February 2006, Hinkson encountered even more success supporting the album with several live festival and club performances throughout the spring/summer including Freq 107’s “Made in Manitoba” music festival, the River City Dragon Boat Festival, and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Whether playing alone in an intimate setting or accompanied by a backing band, Hinkson is the axis upon which the music turns, often incorporating loops and unique tunings to enhance his live creations.

Presently, Hinkson has finished toiling away in the studio again, surfacing with his second album - THE TORRENT SESSIONS \"a darker, more subversive affair\" soft released in August 2008 and officially in October 2008. With the new album and recently being selected for Winnipeg\'s POWER 97 \"Class of 2008\" compilation will ensure a legion of followers will continue to build, his polished live presence will impress audiences. Early touring plans have Hinkson heading out in late fall, early 2009 while he continues to explore TV/Film licensing opportunities and a beneficial management, publishing, and/or distribution/label arrangement.

Scott Hinkson is that rarest of finds. A career artist in the making, Hinkson is answering a call that even he doesn\'t understand...his motivations mysterious, obsessive, gut-wrenching, beautiful and unforgettable.

Recent discography and accolades:

As Scott Hinkson:

- THE TORRENT SESSIONS (2008) - (Songwriter, Performer, Producer, and Recording/Mix/Mastering Engineer)
- May 2006 - Hinkson earns a songwriting award for his song “Lately” via the www.songoftheyear.com songwriting contest.
- TRACKING OUTSIDE IN (2005) - (Songwriter, Performer, Producer, and Recording/Mix/Mastering Engineer)
- MUSIC FOR THE SHORT FILM \"MAN ALONE\" (2003) - (Songwriter, Performer, Producer, and Recording/Mix/Mastering Engineer)

Other Project:

- SERENA POSTEL “Spare Change” (2006) - (Producer, Performer, and Recording/Mix/Mastering Engineer)
- SNOOPER “Under the Radar” (2004) - (Co-Songwriter, Producer, Recording/Mix/Mastering Engineer, Bass Guitar, and Backing Vocals)

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Ian McAmmond

Hinkson's 2nd release
For an artist described as “singer/songwriter,” I surprised to see the cover art displaying a dreary cityscape. Despite mixed feelings initially, this latest offering from Winipegger Scott Hinkson turned out to be a solid rock album in its own right. After listening to the album through a couple times I could not get the lyrics “I was born a long time ago, I will not die” (from “The Hunt of Centuries”) out of my head for days. This album has everything you could want from an indie-rocker: it’s well-produced, the melodies are catchy and the songs come from a place of inner darkness. Hinkson has proved that he can take criticism and has moved his vocals to the front on this album. Stand-out tracks include the aforementioned “Centuries” and the up-beat “A Miracle Complete.”
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Shirley

Underrated, Scott Hinkson is a Gem
I first heard of this amazing artist through Pandora. I became interested in the songs featured on the internet radio and came to CDBaby to buy his first album, Tracking Outside In. So following up to that album, I bought The Torrent Sessions which is such a pleasure to listen to. Even though he's an obscure artist from Manitoba of all places, his self-produced music is quite unique. This album is definitely darker than his first and carries a mature feel. Scott Hinkson can sometimes overproduce, but I find that is a characteristic of his music that doesn't bog his work down. The majority of this album is quite catchy, and I enjoy the subtle instrumentation such as the acoustic guitar in the chorus of "Reason to Come Alive." The gems of this album are "A Second Home," "Contamination Day," "Reason to Come Alive," and "Surrounded." Hinkson shows a bit of his soft side with catchy songs like "Neither Here Nor There" and "In the Wake Of." Generally, I love the majority of the songs of this album except a few (like "Five Stars" and "The Hunt of Centuries") which I find dull. It's difficult to pin down Hinkson to a genre, so I would say his music is alternative pop rock but that would not service his work enough. The Torrent Sessions is a brilliant dark album with a sound focused on production that I think is rare and a joy to listen to. If you like Hinkson's work from Tracking Outside In, definitely buy this album which I think is an refinement of production on Hinkson's part.
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