Artist of the week: Scott Walker
As one of the most enigmatic and unorthodox figures of rock history, Scott Walker’s career has been one odd curveball spanning more than half of a century. He started as a pop teen idol in the late 50s; obtained massive success in the following decade first as the main songwriter and singer of the epic sounding Walker Brothers then with an unstoppable streak of four highly-influential eponymous crooning solo records; went fully reclusive and almost unnoticed in the 70s to finally embrace avant-garde music and releasing only one breathtaking record for each of the following decades.
Though Scott Walker is no stranger to collaborations (he was the leader of a highly successful band, contributed to soundtracks, directed a massive musical theater work and produced records for first rate pop bands), fans and critics were deeply shocked when he announced some months ago that 4AD would be releasing in October a collaborative album with metal drone experimentalists Sunn 0))). Soused is a surprising melodic affair that combines Sunn 0)))’s rich and menacing music with Scott Walker’s distinctive baritone and is, definitely, an experience that any listener bound to abrasive sonic assaults shouldn’t miss.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.