Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
An extraordinary new experimental release from the former 1960s teen idol
From 60s teen idol to purveyor of uncompromising nightmares, no other artist has had as singular a career trajectory as Scott Walker. His first album in six years is extraordinary: vast in scope but solipsistic, a universe all its own. At its core is the 21-minute ‘SDSS14+13B (Zercon – A Flagpole Sitter)’, a grotesque patchwork of hellish orchestration, ineffable musique concrète, shockingly brutal guitar noise and oppressive emptiness. And above it all is Walker’s timeless voice, intoning lyrics that are expressionistic, surreal, horrifying, hilarious, obscene, tender.
Where each of his previous three albums signified vast aesthetic leaps, Bish Bosch is more a stark refinement of The Drift’s harrowing sonic template – the sound of Walker sharpening his focus to a killing point.