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Scout Niblett


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Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom (2001 – present)

Emma Louise Niblett (born 29 September 1973) is a British , known by the pseudonym Scout Niblett, from Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom. Her music is frequently in style, many of her songs consisting merely of vocals accompanied by either drums or guitar, which she mostly plays herself. Niblett released her debut album in 2001 and released two more albums before 2005 when she settled in Portland, Oregon, where she currently resides. Niblett later worked with the influential Steve Albini.

Niblett grew up in Nottingham, England and chose her stage name in honour of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the protagonist in Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird. She studied music and performance art at college, and also expresses an interest in astrology—explaining the title of her 2005 LP Kidnapped by Neptune, she says, “Neptune is this planet that everyone has in their chart. But for me, where Neptune is right now and has been for the past two years has been affecting my chart in a huge way. Neptune is kind of the musicians’ planet, it rules music.”

Niblett has released three LPs, through the Secretly Canadian record company in North America and through Too Pure in the United Kingdom. Her first release was a split 7” single with Songs: Ohia in 2001. Shortly after this she released her first LP Sweet Heart Fever, recorded in Glasgow with drummer Kristian Goddard.


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  • Randwer

    On Von Spar's new album StreetLife Scout sings the song V.S.O.P.

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    God she's absolutely amazing. Like a folk version of early Hole or Babes in Toyland.

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • BobRozga

    right up there with iggy azalea for best ever female singer

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ShipDestroyer

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • scottdoesntknow

    @showroom-dummy, her stuff is hard to pin down because a lot of it is grungy and folky at the same time. It's really weird but I'm a big fan of it obviously. I know Nirvana was a big influence on her, as was Hole (which is my all time favorite band). I'm dying to see what she releases next though! She lives in my city somewhere so she's pretty well known around here.

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
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    5 Jul 2014 Reply
  • showroom-dummy

    i love her less folksy stuff. she's the badass-est of em all.

    29 Apr 2014 Reply
  • showroom-dummy

    @tillets ... ever heard nirvana?

    29 Apr 2014 Reply
  • tillets

    Any same stuff but male vocalist?

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • gkmy

    Such a stark, raw sound. Amazing songs.

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Randwer

    There is a trailer for a documentary about Scout Niblett during her Tour :)

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • badgene

    Scout Niblett is the most badass of singer-songwriters.

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • vals81

    Here pics and impressions of the Berlin concert:

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Randwer

    I agree, that Sweet Heart Fever is a great debut. And is deserves much more listeners than it has. Further The Calcination of Scout Niblett seems widely unknown even among fans. Maybe because of the label change from Too Pure to Drag City.

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • asterkometes

    agree @ scottdoesntknow. That's a great interview. Thanks Randwer. Love for this sort of stuff.

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • scottdoesntknow

    I love all her work, but I think "Sweet Heart Fever" gets terribly ignored. It's her most folksy and sounds a lot different from the rest of her albums. It's an interesting side of her that you wouldn't know from "It's Up to Emma" or "Calcination".

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • scottdoesntknow

    Thanks for the interview, Randwer, I listened to it today while I was cleaning. My suspicions were right (as if the album's content doesn't scream "breakup"). Good interview, I loved her discussion of astrology and past lives and stuff. She has an interesting perspective.

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Randwer

    a soundcloud stream of a nice interview, while she was on tour in Berlin:

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • scottdoesntknow

    Does anyone know if Scout went through a break up recently? I read in a Portland paper a long time ago that she was married to a local musician, but 'It's Up to Emma' REEKS of a broken relationship. So many of the songs give me that impression, and I was wondering if she was separated or divorced or something? Kind of personal, but the songs truly make me wonder.

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • gui_x

    she's good

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
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