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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?

Blemish (I), 2012

Blemish (II), 2012

Blemish (III), 2012

These were taken in Beckenham, UK.

Blemish  is David Sylvian’s sixth solo album. It was released in 2003.

It’s a pretty solo affair – the avant-garde improvisational guitarist, Derek Bailey (RIP) appears on a couple of tracks and Christian Fennesz does his fizzing,  popping, exploding thing on another, but it’s mainly David Sylvian (on his own in a very small cabin up a mountain – that’s how I see him). The album is sparse, electronic, spacious and employs Sylvian’s mournful croon and bruised lyrics to great effect.

David Sylvian’s career is often compared to Scott Walker’s and if you were to join in, this would be David’s Tilt (my favourite Scott album). But he’s not Scott Walker and Blemish is a wholly unique experience – harsh, brittle, bright and beautiful. As evidence, and thanks to the piratical machinations of the internet, I offer you the title track (but beware it’s over 13 minutes long). If that’s a bit too much, here’s Fire In The Forest (much shorter).

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

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Thank as always,  John and Deanne and Terry for title shenanigans and Richard at CK Ponderings for being a super-cool collaborator. Our latest is due this Sunday.