Scott Walker has a new album coming out a month from now. Given how rarely he releases new music, that this is coming a mere six years after The Drift is a minor miracle. I guess he wasn’t kidding when he said he wanted to work a little faster because he’s getting older and may not live long enough to put out another album if he stuck to his once-a-decade release schedule.
Stranger still, a bona fide music video has been released for one of the songs. I hesitate to call it a “single”, because…well…it’s Scott Walker. But it does have something resembling a chorus that recurs a few times during its ten minute run-time.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say this may be the strangest music video you’ll see this year. For me, it kind of feels like a fascinating nightmare that’s not quite unsettling enough to necessitate waking up, but sometimes it almost gets there. The same can probably be said of a lot of the music Scott’s been making over the past three decades. I love how the little ukulele-driven bit at the end is the prettiest, most normal moment there’s been in any Scott Walker song in decades…and it lasts maybe ten seconds.
A lot of other music seems pretty redundant and small-minded by comparison the first little while after I’ve listened to a new album from Scott. So to say I’m looking forward to this one would be a bit of an understatement. It goes without saying that this kind of music is not for everyone. But it’s definitely for me (and I wrote about what happened to me when I got my first taste of it over here).
It even arrives before the world ends in December! Sometimes you do get to have your cheesecake and eat it too.