Scott Walker will finally release Bish Bosch this November, his long-awaited and first studio album since 2006’s The Drift. Since the 1960s, Scott Walker has scaled the heights of pop superstardom, produced some of the most revered solo albums, coasted on his laurels during the seventies, then metamorphosed into something very different. The music he has been making at his own pace since the early eighties might be utterly estranged from the songs that made him a household name, but they stem from the privacy he requires to write this complex and hugely inventive music.
Bish Bosch is the latest in Scott’s discography to pursue the line of enquiry he began back in 1978, with his four devastatingly original songs on the Walker Brothers’ swansong, Nite Flights, and continuing through Climate of Hunter (1984), Tilt (1995), The Drift (2006). He has continued to mature and develop in a late style utterly at odds with the music that made him a superstar, a lifetime ago, but which is totally honest, uncompromising and transcendent.
If The Drift was a dark place, full of scorching orchestral textures and ominous rumblings, Bish Bosch is a tauter but more colourful experience, with greater emphasis on processed, abrasive guitars, digital keyboards and thick silences.
Scott Walker’s Bish Bosch will be released on 30 November 2012 via 4AD / Remote Control, with a comprehensive booklet to accompany the album. For the cover art, Scott worked closely with painter Ben Farquharson and designer Philip Laslett.