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46 INDIE / ROCK Issue 37 / MAR-APR 2012 GUESTLIST RECOMMENDS TOP 10 SCOTT MCFARNON After years of writing songs for the likes of Beyonce, John Legend and Mark Ronson, singer-songwriter Scott McFarnon has finally decided to embark on a solo career. And about time too! Born and raised right here in South East London, Scott McFarnon has always done things his own way. And since teaching himself to play guitar at the age of 15, not much has changed. Over the last decade, he's forged his way into the music industry on his own terms, eschewing record labels for the ability to retain creative control. "I think everyone should be the person they want to be, and that's what I'm trying to do," says McFarnon. In the process, he's made a serious mark on Hollywood, writing songs for industry heavy-weights and even garnering a Golden Globe and a Grammy nomina- tion for Beyonce's performance of his song 'Once in a Lifetime', in 2008's 'Cadillac Records'. His latest endeavor however has been his solo career: this spring touring Los Angeles and the UK, performing his own tracks and along the way garnering quite a following including us. After listening to his soaring vocals and haunting guitar patterns, it's easy to see why. Our favorite track? 'Red'. And no, we're not talking about the cringe- worthy Daniel Merriweather performance from a few years back, but rather the kind of deeply soulful rendition that can only be performed by the person who actually wrote the song -- and that's exactly who McFarnon is. So what's next for this up-and-coming artist? Hanging out with his two kids at home and finishing up his first album, set for release later this year. MARCH RELEASES THE TWILIGHT SAD No one can ever know (FAT CAT RECORDS) SHARON VAN ETTEN Tramp (JAGJAGUWAR) FIELD MUSIC Plumb (MEMPHIS INDUSTRIES) DJANGO DJANGO S/T (BECAUSE MUSIC) THE MAGNETIC FIELDS Love at the Bottom of the Sea (DOMINO) THE TINGS TINGS Songs from Nowheresville (COLUMBIA RECORDS) SCOTT MCFARNON'S We asked Scott to put together a little somethin' somethin' for us, and being the lovely chap he is, he did! 1. UNDER PRESSURE – QUEEN AND DAVID BOWIE 2. NICK DRAKE – RIVER MAN 3. ELECTRIC FEEL – MGMT 4. GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE - ELBOW 5. I WANNA BE ADORED – STONE ROSES 6. THE CHAIN – FLEETWOOD MAC 7. BLOOD BANK – BON IVER 8. BLOODBUZZ OHIO – THE NATIONAL 9. THE SUN AINT GONNA SHINE – WALKER BROTHERS 10. WICKED GAME – CHRIS ISAAK @ScottMcFarnon MIIKE SNOW Happy to you (DOWNTOWN RECORDS/COLUMBIA) ANDREW BIRD Break It yourself (BELLA UNION) XIU XIU Always (BELLA UNION) PLANTS AND ANIMALS The end of that (SECRET CITY RECORDS) THE SHINS Port of Morrow (AURAL APOTHECARY/COLUMBIA RE- CORDS) THE MEN Open your heart (SACRED BONES RECORDS)

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