Bish Bosch by Scott Walker – album review

By Nick Bollinger In Music

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10th January, 2013
The voice – full, fruity and operatic – repeats a four-note motif over and over, accompanied by what sounds like a malfunctioning drum machine stuck on a particularly jarring digital tone. The lyrics reference Puccini’s Tosca and bdelloid rotifers (freshwater asexual invertebrates), and are interspersed with a recurring refrain about “plucking feathers from a swansong”. Scott Walker’s new album, Bish Bosch, has just begun, and it does not get any easier over the 75 minutes that follow. The American-born, British-based Walker is not alone in the category broadly ...

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