Scott 4’s surreal pomp from master Walker

Scott4If you don’t own Scott Walker‘s ‘Scott 4‘ LP, buy it now. If you don’t like it, you don’t deserve ears. A booming psychedelic/classical player that swoops down raven like from the sky and plucks your mushy brain outta your head, Scott 4 is a true masterwork that pulls you in all direction simultaneously.

‘The World’s Strongest Man’, my highlight of 4, is both completely heartbreaking and uplifting. The strings tug your heart, whilst Walker’s incredible booming vocals are left at the door to deliver something more sensitive.

The rhythm section throughout the LP is not unlike Serge Gainsbourg’s mid-seventies output (notably Melody Nelson) with a jazz flavoured break to sit bubbling under every track. The best example of this subtle funk is ‘Old Man’s Back Again’ which bobs along with a groove (nicked wholesale by The Charlatans on ‘My Beautiful Friend’) that sits behind Walker’s melodrama (the best kind of drama there is) and a huge emotion battering string section. It is, quite simply, one of the most stunning things you’ll ever hear.

The incredible thing about the LP is the range of influences that you can hear in it. Soul, country, rock, folk… and sure, none of the tracks are straight folk tunes or whatever, but it’s definitely there plain to see.

The tune that closes the last of his golden four albums (Scott’s 1,2,3 and 4) is the devestating ‘Rhymes of Goodbye’ which is emotionally draining as well as life affirming. It swings into life with the heavy "I’ve come far from chains, from metal and stone…" before exploding into a breathtaking chorus of "And roaring through darkness, the night children fly, I can still hear them singing the rhymes of goodbye."

Go and buy this LP now. You’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

Mof Gimmers

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