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Get 'Soused' with ScottO))) - firing back at Lou Reed & Metallica?
July 17, 2014 7:13 PM   Subscribe

Pitchfork: "A few weeks ago, 4AD confirmed that musician Scott Walker and drone metal outfit Sunn O))) would release a collaborative album. Today, the two parties have announced that album. It's called Soused, and it's due out September 22 in Europe and 23 in North America."

"According to a press release, Sunn O))) approached Walker about appearing on their excellent 2009 album Monoliths & Dimensions. Walker declined, but in 2013, he approached them with new music he'd written specifically for a collaboration. Soused is five tracks and 50 minutes long."

Previously
AV Club coverage
Scott's 2006 LP The Drift YT playlist
Sunn O))) YT mix
posted by porn in the woods (28 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
How can this not be incredible?
posted by davebush at 7:15 PM on July 17 [1 favorite]


Awesome. Love Walker's voice, but find his music not really to my taste. Love Sunn 0))) all the way through.
posted by klangklangston at 7:16 PM on July 17


Forgot previous Sunn O)))
posted by porn in the woods at 7:18 PM on July 17


Hah sunno the smokiest band I ever seen. At least three smoke machines going full blast - when we left the venue it looking like there was a fire from all the smoke coming out the doors.
posted by Ansible at 7:22 PM on July 17


Holy shit.
posted by kenko at 7:29 PM on July 17 [1 favorite]


I am still not convinced that Sun0))) is not an elaborate performance art piece meant to take the piss out of self-serious metal subcultures not unlike Velvet Cocoon did with Black Metal. Coincidentally, Velvet Cocoons catalog was re-released on Southern Lord, the label of SunnO))) mastermind O'Malley.

For a much more listenable sludge experience with O'Malley, check out his pre-SunnO))) band Thorr's Hammer.
posted by mediocre at 7:45 PM on July 17


Let's hope it's better than Loutallica.
posted by naju at 7:47 PM on July 17 [1 favorite]


(missed the title, oops)
posted by naju at 7:50 PM on July 17


I guess I respect Scott Walker for his artistic integrity & forging his own path & eschewing the pursuit of The Almighty Dollar, & etc., but man—it's kind of like if Johnny Cash spent the last 20 years of his career making Alvin and the Chipmunks records.
posted by Atom Eyes at 8:03 PM on July 17 [1 favorite]


"I am still not convinced that Sun0))) is not an elaborate performance art piece meant to take the piss out of self-serious metal subcultures not unlike Velvet Cocoon did with Black Metal."

If so, Earth kind of spoiled the joke by a few years...
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 8:20 PM on July 17 [4 favorites]


Yes, everything is an elaborate prank.
posted by basicchannel at 9:01 PM on July 17 [2 favorites]


the Sunn O))) ain't gonna shine any more
posted by porn in the woods at 9:09 PM on July 17 [6 favorites]


When I first heard the music Sun O))), I was fascinated, and filled with dread…the music was portentous, like some evil psychedelic prophecy, or an echo of the post-9/11 zeitgeist...a harbinger of the Apocalypse, or a soundtrack to something maybe even worse. It was good, but in a really *bad* way…that kind of darkness isn’t really my thing, so it made me uneasy, really uneasy…and yet I still felt compelled to listen, whenever it came up on the radio...

Then I saw a video of them performing the robes, and breathed a huge sigh of relief…they have a sense of humor, apparently...
posted by littlejohnnyjewel at 9:28 PM on July 17


Then I saw a video of them performing the robes, and breathed a huge sigh of relief…they have a sense of humor, apparently...

The lyrics of "My Wall" confirm this.
posted by kenko at 9:35 PM on July 17 [1 favorite]


I feel the disappointment of going from Scott 3/4 to his new stuff, but even the old stuff had something truly twisted lurking underneath.

I can't say I've made it through The Drift or Bish Bosch, but Tilt had enough melody to understand where he's coming from. I love the title track, it's like a country song turned inside-out, the bloodied intestines sputtering something soulful.
posted by gorbweaver at 9:39 PM on July 17 [1 favorite]


I am waving my arms in a trance-like motion back in forth in my chair until this comes in to my faaaaaaaaccceeeeeee
posted by Theta States at 10:08 PM on July 17 [2 favorites]


holy shit.
posted by gucci mane at 1:46 AM on July 18 [1 favorite]


I like a lot of weird metal shit but man I just cannot get into Sunn. IMO drone done right (like Boris) can be absolutely killer. What am I missing?

And people really think Earth is just a performance art piece? For reals??
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 6:54 AM on July 18


Hey, other folks who don't know and are sure this must be some kind of a joke, Scott Walker is apparently a musician and not the Wisconsin Governor.
posted by resurrexit at 8:10 AM on July 18


This isn't really too outlandish of a collaboration, just an amazing one. Scott 3 is one of my favorite albums that is loaded with tons of dissonant and droning passages, amongst some really great orchestral elements and Scott Walker's crooning vocals.
posted by gucci mane at 8:31 AM on July 18 [1 favorite]


holy shit x2
posted by functionequalsform at 9:34 AM on July 18 [1 favorite]


The Drift is still the most terrifying album I've ever heard.
posted by naju at 9:38 AM on July 18 [1 favorite]


scott-o.com
posted by porn in the woods at 10:58 AM on July 18


I don't know much about SunnO))), and nothing about this Walker guy, but skimming this news and this thread is a lot more fun if you imagine their collaborator to be the other Scott Walker.
posted by uberchet at 1:00 PM on July 18 [1 favorite]


I am so excited for this.
posted by mountmccabe at 2:51 PM on July 18 [1 favorite]


"And people really think Earth is just a performance art piece? For reals??
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 6:54 AM on July 18"


I think I was the only one to claim anything related to Earth, and my point was that either them and Sunn 0)))))))))))))))))[times infinity] being called performance art (or at least "performance art, as opposed to METAL") was kind of goofy, or there was some serious misunderstanding going on. Apologies if that wasn't clear.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 8:29 PM on July 18


You know what would have been really great though is Scott Walker + Khanate, though I guess actually some of his most recent album isn't too far from what that might have been like.
posted by kenko at 9:57 PM on July 18 [1 favorite]


All this Scott O))) talk has me revisiting Lulu - here's a stellar outtake that didn't make it on the LP.
posted by porn in the woods at 4:48 PM on July 23


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