|Scott Walker + Sunn O)))
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) — Soused
• “Překvapuje mě, že se ocitám naživu,” říká Walker.
• Zkus si udělat procházku ranými písněmi Scotta Walkera. Tyto písně nejsou neposlouchatelné; Walkerův hlas byl silný od samého počátku a pop historici mohou při porovnávání těchto nahrávek s tím, jak se hollywoodská hvězda proměňovala v průběhu doby, kdy doznívala první vlna rock 'n' rollu, ocenit celou tu sbírku. Ačkoli mnoho Walker fanoušků nesouhlasí se záznamy, které představují to "nejlepší" od něj, každý rozumný Walker–ite naznačí, že nováčci musí jít k začátkům.
• Co nepřehlédni: na konci 60. let, Scott Walker převádí dynamiku do sólové kariéry a stává se tak populárním, že krátce hostí svůj vlastní televizní pořad na BBC. A souběžně se naučil ovládat tempo skladby a sílu svého vlastního nezaměnitelného vokálu.
• The enigmatic figurehead of art rock, a teen idol turned Jacques Brel admirer turned cult pop crooner turned avant–garde vocalist.
Birth name: Noel Scott Engel
Born: January 9, Hamilton, Ohio
Location: Los Angeles
Album release: 20th October 2014
Record Label: 4AD
FORMATS: 12" LP: CAD3428/CD: CAD3428CD/DOWNLOAD: EAD3428A
1 Brando 8:44
2 Herod 2014 12:01
3 Bull 9:23
4 Fetish 9:10
5 Lullaby 6:34
• Greg Anderson — guitar, Moog synthesizer
• Stephen O'Malley — guitar, Moog, synthesizer
• Scott Walker — Singing, production
• Peter Walsh — production
• Mark Warman — orchestration
<•> When Sunn O))) first approached Scott Walker about appearing on their 2009 album Monoliths & Dimensions, little did they know what it would actually lead to. Four years on, Scott was back with something even more enticing, collaborating on Soused, a body of work he was writing with them in mind.
<•> Recorded in London in early 2014 and produced by Scott Walker and long-time ally Peter Walsh with the assistance of musical director Mark Warman, Soused is a 5–track 50–minute body of work that cements both acts’ wide–reaching and otherworldly renown.
<•> Ahead of its release in the week of 20th October, there is a unique opportunity to preview the collaborative record between Scott Walker and Sunn O))) in Upstate New York this weekend.
<•> As part of Basilica Soundscape festival, Future Past studio, located in the confines of a former church, will be hosting a unique playback of the full record this Saturday, 13th September. Playing every hour, from 2pm — 9pm (last playback at 8pm), this will be the first opportunity to hear Soused publicly, powered by McIntosh Labs speakers.
<•> Soused will be released the week commencing 20th October, and pre-orders for all formats (double LP, CD and digital download) are now available. The vinyl edition consists of two 180g LPs, pressed on black vinyl and housed in a heavyweight tip-on sleeve. The artwork was designed by Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley, featuring photography by Gast Bouschet.
ζ±ζ Since the 1960s, Scott Walker has scaled the heights of pop superstardom, produced some of the most revered solo albums of the late sixties, coasted on his laurels during the seventies, then metamorphosed into something very different. The music he has been making at his own pace since the early eighties might be utterly estranged from the songs that made him a household name, but they stem from the privacy he requires to write this complex and hugely inventive music.
ζ±ζ Soused & Bish Bosch are the latest in Scott’s discography to pursue the line of enquiry he began back in 1978, with his four devastatingly original songs on the Walker Brothers’ swansong, Nite Flights, and continuing through Climate of Hunter (1984), Tilt (1995), The Drift (2006). He has continued to mature and develop in a late style utterly at odds with the music that made him a superstar, a lifetime ago, but which is totally honest, uncompromising and transcendent.
ζ±ζ Scott began writing new material around 2009 — whilst also scoring the ROH 2’s Duet For One Voice ballet — recording it sporadically over the following three years. ζ±ζ Aided again by co–producer Peter Walsh and joined by the regular core of musicians, Ian Thomas (drums), Hugh Burns (guitar), James Stevenson (guitar), Alasdair Malloy (percussion) and John Giblin (bass).
The Walker Brothers discography:
→ Scott (1967)
→ Scott 2 (1968)
→ Scott 3 (1969)
→ Scott: Scott Walker Sings Songs from his TV Series (1969)
→ Scott 4 (1969)
→ 'Til the Band Comes In (1970)
→ The Moviegoer (1972)
→ Any Day Now (1973)
→ Stretch (1973)
→ We Had It All (1974)
→ Climate of Hunter (1984)
→ Tilt (1995)
→ The Drift (2006)
→ Bish Bosch (2012)
→ Soused (2014)
↙Studio albums 14
↙Compilation albums 19
↙Music videos 4
↙Box sets 2
ζ±ζ When Sunn O))) first approached Scott Walker about appearing on their 2009 album Monoliths & Dimensions, little did they know what it would actually lead to. Four years on, Scott was back with something even more enticing, collaborating on Soused, a body of work he was writing with them in mind.
ζ±ζ With a career spanning more than five decades, Scott Walker’s cult status remains as significant as ever before. Experiencing mega–stardom as part of The Walker Brothers before carving out a career as a solo crooner who released a quartet of peerless self–titled LPs that painted rich vignettes of life in the late 60s, Scott went through what felt like a massive U–turn by recording a collection of masterfully challenging albums: Climate Of Hunter (1984), Tilt (1996), The Drift (2006) and Bish Bosch (2012). While there’s some truth to this artistic arc, the actual picture is a lot more complex, with his knack for introducing the disturbingly counter–intuitive and the uncanny into his songwriting dating back to the likes of 'The Plague' (1967) and ‘It’s Raining Today’ (1969).
ζ±ζ Centred around the core duo of Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, Sunn O))) have been at the heart of underground and experimental metal since they began in Los Angeles back in 1998, broadening in range to increasingly encompass avant–garde and jazz dynamics to their dark music. Anderson runs Southern Lord (Sunn O)))’s usual label home), whilst O’Malley is involved in a remarkable web of projects as a musician, designer, and label head of Ideologic Organ. They appear alongside extended Sunn O))) member Tos Nieuwenhuizen on this recording. © Scott Walker: "Byl jsem intenzivní mladý muž. Myslím, že jsem se dočasně zbláznil." Fotografie: Linda Brownlee pro Guardian
ζ±ζ Simon Hattenstone
The Guardian, Friday 23 November 2012 19.28 GMT
ζ±ζ Erik Morse
Erik Morse is the author of Dreamweapon: Spacemen 3 and the Birth of Spiritualized (2005) and, with Tav Falco, Bluff City Underground: A Roman Noir of the Deep South (2011). He currently lives in Los Angeles.
By Noel Murray Dec 6, 2012 12:00 PM
|Scott Walker + Sunn O)))