Sunday, March 19, 2006

That Lucky Fucking Bastard...
Mike Barnes has been sent a copy of the new Scott Walker album, "The Drift". Here's what he tells me about it...

“…Awesome…slightly more lyrical than Tilt, or at least more sonically developed, and with some extraordinary orchestrations. The twelve minute "Clara" is a bit like a Schoenbergian monodrama in places, as we are led through a succession of tableaux in an elliptical narrative (in other words it's completely beyond my comprehension at this point). Utterly extraordinary - probably even further out than Tilt, actually… You must hear it, especially the track that suddenly brings hideously disturbing donkey braying in with searing, atonal strings and proceeds to a late refrain of "I'll punch a donkey in the streets of Galway". This takes cryptic narrative into places it's never been before… I love Tilt, as you know, and always think that the nearer you think you get to it, the further it gets away. Drift starts off on that point to which Tilt has retreated and spins outwards. Where it goes I cannot even begin to report. Scott is 63. As they used to say in the 70s: Where is this cat's head AT? “

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