Soused

by Scott Walker + Sunn O)))

Released on 4AD

On the face of it, a sixties pop crooner and an experimental drone duo makes for a strange collaboration- but Scott’s later work lends itself perfectly to this kind of subversive project.

The album is a challenging listen, a modern classical record more than anything, with Sunn O)) adding a perfectly bleak ambience to Scott’s disturbing avant-garde creations.

Scott’s 70-year old voice is remarkable- by turns soothing and terrifying, with the soundscape drifting from serene to evil nightmare.

Each half of the partnership adding something distinct, this is a pulsatingly and brilliantly dark listen.

by Dave hmv Merlin Park