“But didn’t you know, I’m not the world’s strongest man. When it comes to you and your world, I’m lost.”
"The World's Strongest Man"
July’s lustral music comes from a genre far, far away from the earlier joys of Underworld and Empire of the Sun. Scott Walker is a singer/songwriter who seemed always to bare his soul with songs of loss, loneliness and romantic tragedy. The word “emotional” comes irresistibly to mind.
But here’s the killer. The songs are magical: sweeping melodies, arresting lyrics, all delivered with a silky vocal sincerity that touches the heart.
If you go away.
Not being the world’s strongest man made a mess of his mid-career when he became reclusive and, for a while, disappeared from the music scene, lamented even today by the likes of David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright, Mark Almond, Radiohead and David Sylvian. Despite huge stardom as a member of the Walker Brothers, his solo career, launched in 1967, left him feeling vulnerable and pressured to produce way outside his comfort zone. That feeling lingered.
"On Your Own Again"
As he explained in an Independent Interview in 1995, "I've become the Orson Welles of the record industry. People want to take me to lunch, but nobody wants to finance the picture...I keep hoping that when I make a record, I'll be asked to make another one. I keep hoping that if I can make a series of three records, then I can progress and do different things each time. But when I have to get it up once every 10 years... it's a tough way to work."
The first album of his own material, Scott 4, released in 1967, so failed to dent the charts that it was deleted. Fortunately, wiser heads of reissued it and the followingthree tracks testify to the unique emotionally-charged talent that was and is Scott Walker.
"Angels of Ashes"
And thanks to guidofski and dalia20006 for youtubing the tracks above.
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