When Sunn O))) first approached Scott Walker about appearing on their 2009 album Monoliths & Dimensions, little did they know what it would actually lead to. Four years on, Scott was back with something even more enticing, collaborating on Soused, a body of work he was writing with them in mind.
With a career spanning more than five decades, Scott Walkerâ€™s cult status remains as significant as ever before. Experiencing mega-stardom as part of The Walker Brothers before carving out a career as a solo crooner who released a quartet of peerless self-titled LPs that painted rich vignettes of life in the late 60s, Scott went through what felt like a massive U-turn by recording a collection of masterfully challenging albums: Climate Of Hunter (1984), Tilt (1996), The Drift (2006) and Bish Bosch (2013). While thereâ€™s some truth to this artistic arc, the actual picture is a lot more complex, with his knack for introducing the disturbingly counter-intuitive and the uncanny into his songwriting dating back to the likes of 'The Plague' (1967) and â€˜Itâ€™s Raining Todayâ€™ (1969).
Centred around the core duo of Stephen Oâ€™Malley and Greg Anderson, Sunn O))) have been at the heart of underground and experimental metal since they began in Los Angeles back in 1998, broadening in range to increasingly encompass avant-garde and jazz dynamics to their dark music. Anderson runs Southern Lord (Sunn O)))â€™s usual label home), whilst Oâ€™Malley is involved in a remarkable web of projects as a musician, designer, and label head of Ideologic Organ. They appear alongside extended Sunn O))) member Tos Nieuwenhuizen on this recording.
Ahead of its release in the week of 20th October, there is a unique opportunity to preview the collaborative record between Scott Walker and Sunn O))) in Upstate New York this weekend.
As part of Basilica Soundscape festival, Future Past studio, located in the confines of a former church, will be hosting a unique playback of the full record this Saturday, 13th September. Playing every hour, from 2pm - 9pm (last playback at 8pm), this will be the first opportunity to hear Soused publicly, powered by McIntosh Labs speakers...
Following the initial news of Soused, the collaborative record by Scott Walker and Sunn O))), fans can now hear a tantalising excerpt via a two-minute trailer.
Soused will be released on October 20th, and pre-orders for all formats (double LP, CD and digital download) are now available. The vinyl edition consists of two 180g LPs, pressed on black vinyl and housed in a heavyweight tip-on sleeve. The artwork was designed by Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley, featuring photography by Gast Bouschet...