words: Michael Brooks
Boy Scouts, the solo recording project of Taylor Vicks, make gentle indie rock that’s both intimate and colorful. Vicks recorded and played all the instruments on Hobby Limit, Boy Scouts forthcoming EP, out this Friday on Processional Cross. “Nike”, the most recent offering from Hobby Limit, generates the warm and fuzzy feeling of watching old home movies, offering a nostalgia for familiar moments. Moving along at a wistful pace, the track gently unspools itself into something grandiose as the arrangement gradually becomes more lush and ambitious. The chorus is sprawling and revelatory; sounding like a bedroom pop take of Helplessness Blues era Fleet Foxes. Vick’s confessional vocal delivery is buoyant and riddled with urgency, allowing Vick's hushed tone to rise above everything else. “Nike” sounds as if it was written in a language only Vicks and the listener speak, creating something immediately personal and endearing.