Bish Bosch

I haven't been this excited about a new album release in awhile. Scott Walker's Bish Bosch came out yesterday, and in a few minutes, I'm going to my local music store (the brilliantly curated Music Matters) to buy a copy. This will complete the Scott Walker trilogy. Of course I have copies of Tilt and The Drift, and I love listening to them as much as I love my early Walker Brothers records. I liked this Stereogum reviewer's comparison of Scott Walker's later recordings and Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. I've read the first 50 pages of Gravity's Rainbow four or five times but never been able to finish the book. I get that, to some, these Scott Walker albums are similarly impenetrable. But, to me, the soundscapes and noises in Tilt, The Drift and Bish Bosch are so off the map, they completely engage and enrapture me precisely because they're otherworldly, transporting, unlike every other record.

My dream project: the complete Scott Walker archives.