Staffordshire, England, native Scout Niblett's powerful pipes command attention with the same tomboyish tenacity and wide-eyed candor that made Harper Lee's character so memorable. Known for her performance-artsy live shows and abiding adherence to astrology, Niblett is an eccentric in an indie-folk world teeming with eccentricity.
Yet, despite knee-jerk comparisons to Cat Power, Niblett manages to set herself apart from other quirky female folk singer-songwriters with her volatile, yet ice-clear, vocals paired with distortion-licked guitar and thrashing drum beats. Since her 2001 full-length debut, Sweet Heart Fever (Secretly Canadian), Niblett has found a dedicated following, releasing a split 7-inch with Songs: Ohia and collaborating with Magnolia Electric Co. and Bonnie "Prince" Billy.
Her most recent album, 2007's This Fool Can Die Now, features four duets with Bonnie "Prince" Billy a.k.a. Will Oldham, including the stunning track "Kiss." In the first moments of the music video for "Kiss," Niblett stretches a cropped blonde wig over her brown hair and stuffs a couple of wads of bread under her upper lip. Oldham shows up clad in a skeleton costume and they proceed through a variety of scenes--doing cartwheels on the beach, eating ice cream cones and frolicking through a golden field--that seem oddly out of place next to the song's crashing drums, emotive violins and electrifyingly raw vocal harmonies.
Niblett is currently touring behind her 7-inch release, It's Time My Beloved, which is a two-song preview for her forthcoming debut full-length release on Drag City Records. Describing the release, Drag City wrote: "Sometimes 7 inches is all you need to get your point across. Like 7 inches of dagger or a 7-inch foot in your ass." Get every inch of yourself down to Neurolux to check out Niblett with Boise's La Knots on Saturday, Sept. 19.