Scott Walker has long had a knack for unusual concepts. On "Soused" he challenges listener patience and acceptance anew. He surrounds himself with the drone metals Sunn O))) to create the greatest possible contrast between operatic singing and ultrathin metal ambience. There is no intersection between the two, and yet the experiment works. The music works like a nightmare, releasing hideous chimeras. Walker adapts his tempo to the dragging figures of the guitars of Sunn O))). What emerges is - as paradoxical as it may sound - beautiful in the sense of historical romanticism. One only has to get involved long enough, then the five longtracks unfold a similar effect to Caspar David Friedrich's painting "The Monk by the Sea": a void in which longing and fantasy can spread. Song structures are only hinted at in order to dissolve immediately into the stream of consciousness. With this CD Walker, whose album, despite its collective title, is undoubtedly new, is breaking completely new ground. And it is to be feared that no one will follow him there so quickly.
Top Track: Herod 2014