"Cooper’s songs reflect a sense of craftsmanship rare among other emerging artists...and contain some of the heart-stopping intimacy of Elliott Smith's work." EXCLAIM!
"The aptly titled 'Quiet Company', sounds like it was recorded in a cabin in the woods in the middle of winter — which it was. Produced by Waterloo-bred Rob Szabo, the less-is-definitely more album features Cooper’s warm, double-tracked vocals and acoustic guitar, backed by subtle, tasteful strings, horns and synths and Caroline Brooks’ (Good Lovelies) vocal harmonies. With titles such as 'Huntsville', 'North of 10' and 'Fireside', the songs are serene and contemplative."
- Robert Reid - Guelph-Mercury
After two major life changes in '09, 2012 finds singer/songwriter Scott Cooper finally feeling like his old self again. That is, he's back to making his dependable brand of laid-back and likeable alternative folk-pop music. In September 2012, Cooper will release his fourth full-length album "Quiet Company", produced by collaborator and friend Rob Szabo (Peter Katz, Ian Sherwood).
Recorded in a rustic cabin over the winter months of 2011 and 2012, the low-key performances clearly demonstrate how environment and headspace can influence a sound. Cooper explains, "The cabin belongs to my in-laws and it's one of my favourite places to hang out, so we would just set up the gear, crank up the wood stove and work for days.
Outside of using an outhouse in February, it was the most comfortable recording experience I've ever had."
Quiet Company is a perfect example of a less-is-more approach, where Cooper's acoustic guitar and gentle, double-tracked vocal holds front and centre, occasionally complemented by intensely melodic bursts of cello, horns, drums, and vintage synths. A who's-who of thoughtful, respected musicians and friends round out the Quiet Company cast in
Bryden Baird (Feist, Hayden), Adam Warner (Royal Wood, Jill Barber), Mike Yates (Amos The Transparent), and Alex McMaster (Ron Hawkins/Lowest of The Low). As well, a Scott Cooper LP would be incomplete without some goosebump-inducing harmony vocals from Caroline Brooks (Good Lovelies).
Cooper's music has been used in independent film and television, such as CTV's smash Heartland, The Food Network's The Surreal Gourmet, and Roadtrip Nation on PBS. He's also shared the stage with some of the country's brightest talent such as Luke Doucet, Elliott Brood, Good Lovelies, Peter Katz, Royal Wood, John Wart Hannam, and Sarah Slean just to name a few.
Look for Cooper on tour this fall with Rob Szabo and Brydan Smith.