scott walker has a new album coming out a month from now. given how rarely he releases new music, the fact 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 oddest 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 thirty four years. 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 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.