The Drift, 2012

This was taken in Beckenham, UK.

The Drift  is Scott Walker’s thirteenth studio album (his first release in eleven years!). It was released in 2006.

The album followed 1995’s Tilt (Scott’s masterpiece), and takes that album’s darkness for a trip to Dark Town. The Drift is unrelenting, disturbing, experimental and oddly emotional. There are songs about disease, Elvis Presley’s dead brother, the execution of Mussolini’s mistress, and 9/11. There’s nothing flippant or obvious about the way Scott deals with these subjects and the music reflects the emotional complexity of the lyrics.

Late period Scott’s another of those artists you either love or hate – it’s impossible to be indifferent to this music.

In our house, this CD can be found: dining room, second shelf-down, right-hand bookshelves.

Here’s Clara from The Drift.

And here’s Farmer In The City – my all-time favourite Scott song.

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Thanks to John and Deanne and Terry for title shenanigans and Richard at CK Ponderings for being a super-cool collaborator. Our last collaboration is but one post back.

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If you’re in London anytime up to the 2nd December, I strongly recommend you visit Simon Martin’s exhibition, UR Feeling, at Camden Arts Centre. Why has he brought together a fascinating selection of architectural, art and design objects for your consideration including work by himself, Ettore Sottsass, and Richard Artschwager?

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