Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Scott Walker - Tilt (1995)
Tilt, the first full flowering of the Scott Walker who ended up on the cover of The Wire in 2012, started subtly with the beautiful cinematic string arrangements of Farmer In The City. Walker's stunning vocal keens a lament for Pier Paolo Pasolini sounded like a natural update of his late 60s work, but that was only the first six minutes. The odd scraping sounds and lupine croon of The Cockfighter are soon overtaken by a scalding electronic rhythm and Walker's disjointed lyrics, sounding both bang up to date and arcane, archaic, as the album progressed into influences from avant-garde lieder and industrial music, with strange percussive noises everwhere and a memorable church organ blast on Manhattan. The spare, clean production holds up well, and the album's bleak themes point the way to where he's been going ever since. Fingers crossed for another new album in the next couple of years? I don't doubt for a second he's still got it in him.
I knew nothing of the horses, nothing of the thresher