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Scott Walker + Sunn O: Soused


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From Boomkat:
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“…And the earth crack’d to reveal Scott Walker & Sunn 0)))‘s colossal offspring Soused in its riveting, tragic glory. Four years on from their proposed collaboration on the latter’s Monoliths & Dimensions, arch avant-crooner Walker meets the robed duo of Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley (and their live cohort Tos Nieuwenhuizen) at the apex of their powers, presenting a peerless, operatic vision of doom metal informed as much by Native American history and underground US psych as experimental jazz and electronic dynamics. Soused offers a complex, widescreen portal to a chiaroscuro world slashed in black by Anderson and O’Malley and illuminated by Walker’s range of possessed vocal personas, from anguished despair to internal torment and shocking convulsions. Embarking over the bull-whipped Moog bass momentum and banking riffs of ‘Brando’, Walker is a disturbing yet utterly compelling presence enticing us to cross thresholds into the arcane, uncanny worlds animated by Sunn 0))), whether projecting across the molasses drone trudge of ‘Bull’ or alternately wilting and lashing out from the percussive attacks and abyssal tar pits of ‘Herod 2014’. By fourth song ‘Fetish’ their path has narrowed to a nightmarish corridor of re-amped synth ghouls and spectral noise before distant drums abort the pregnant drones somewhere in the final third, for closing shot ‘Lullaby’ to emulsify their unheimlich resolution at its most dramatic, synth-fired and intimate. It’s a genuinely remarkable session, surely one of 2014’s best.”
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Soused is out now via 4AD
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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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