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Scott Walker and SunnO)))

Phil Laslett

American eccentric Scott Walker’s latest collection of scary stories to sing in the dark is technically a collaboration with the sludgiest band on the planet, but it plays like any of his recent solo albums: flighty, operatic melodies, minimalist circles of percussion, and brittle stabs of noise. SunnO))), the cloaked duo known for foundation-rattling electric guitar drones, provides triumphant punctuation and proper atmosphere, covering his compositions with a layer of tar. With humming menace comes tracks like “Brando” and “Herod 2014,” which have the blood-in-the-desert vibe of Cormac McCarthy, with shockingly vivid lyrics (“the nurseries and crèches are heaving with lush lice”) and snapping bullwhip from circus performer Peter Gamble. This teaming of a gifted poet and bruising metalheads is like Lou Reed and Metallica’s Lulu – but about half as long, and about twice as heavy.​

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