Soused, the collaborative record by Scott Walker + Sunn O))) is released worldwide today.
Recorded in London in early 2014 and produced by Scott Walker and long-time ally Peter Walsh with the assistance of musical director Mark Warman, Soused is a 5-track 50-minute body of work that cements both acts' wide-reaching and otherworldly renown.
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.
"Soused is surprisingly melodic, Sunn O))) provide a menacing but rich backdrop to Walker's distinctive baritone." The Guardian *****
"A distinctly perverse pleasure." Q ****
"The most accessible Scott Walker album since Tilt, perhaps even longer." Uncut (8/10)
"Rich in imagination and surprisingly accessible." The Observer
"At once jarringly astringent yet melodiously memorable." The Independent - Album of the Week ****
"A powerful mix of dramatic, slow-moving sounds and Walker's melodies and narratives" MOJO ****
"An endlessly compelling work, the match between singular solo artist and the pivotal group every bit as thrilling as you'd expect." FACT ****
"Soused moves from the monumental to the intimate: a retrograde zoom from the apocalyptic desert, the broad river, to the room, the body, the mind. In doing so it's a compelling and highly listenable work." The Quietus
"The greatest experience of your life." Vice (10/10)
"This is Sunn O))) at their most playful, and Scott at his most enjoyable." The Line Of Best Fit (10/10)
"For those who relish an opportunity to experience the dark magic of creativity cubed, this is 2014's most irresistible beckoning finger." Metal Hammer (9/10)
"Truly astonishing." Loud & Quiet (9/10)
"An exemplar of contemporary boundary-pushing art to be consumed slowly and patiently." Under The Radar (8.5/10)
"Cleverly pitched, constantly engaging, and finally, triumphant." NME (8/10)
"An uneasy, intuitive, idiosyncratic masterpiece." Clash (8/10)
"This astonishing collaboration ... is unnerving but effective." The Sun ****