Washington DC based singer/songwriter and bassist Eric Scott is back with his 5th solo studio production. His new record, Peace Bomb, drops later this year and his first single, the album’s namesake “Peace Bomb,” is out now. As an artist and sideman, Eric has shared the stage with the likes of BB King, REO Speedwagon, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, and many more, all while recording and releasing his own projects. “Peace Bomb” is the perfect representation of his well curated version of socially conscious modern soul.
The track opens with Eric’s smooth vocals, gentle synths, and slight reverb on the acoustic and bass guitars. As the track builds, groovy drums carry the harmonies on its back, building a soundscape reminiscent of 1970’s soft rock. The gentle sway of the melody and funky backtracking feels luscious. The smooth sound allows the listener to softly settle into the track’s metaphor, that is, spreading light and love amidst the chaos and unrest of modern day, all through dropping a “Peace Bomb.” This is a track we need for today’s turbulent times.
We sat down with Eric for a very special Video Voyageur which you can dive into below.
Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically in this way?
The concept for this song was inspired by the anger and division that has engulfed our country. I wanted to spread ‘Peace’ in a unique way.As a songwriter, I wanted to convey the message in a way I’d never heard before. Using a bomb as a metaphor, I envisioned dropping a bomb on the world, and instead of spreading destruction, it spread peace and love and unity.
What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?
The video concept came about by deciding to interpret the song through the lens and imagination of a child. With all of the fear, anger, and division in the world today, children manage to avoid most all of it by simply being who they are and remaining a kid. Untainted and joyful. Kids love unconditionally and don’t care if you swing left or right. The kid in this video represents the childlike optimism and absence of cynicism that many of us have lost touch with today. Also, with the state of the world being as it is, and with no change clearly in sight, it is the children who will have to navigate this ‘new normal.’
What was the process of making this video?
We wanted to convey a child losing himself in the music and rocking out and letting his imagination guide him. Kids like to draw, imitate being a cool singer, and pretend.We wanted to show that, and also how a kid might interpret living in a world of peace