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SCOTT WALKER + SUNN O))) – “BRANDO”

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It appeared like a dream, the announcement of a collaborative album between experimental singer SCOTT WALKER and drone-metal band SUNN O))). As if thought up by some mad-scientist in the music industry who longed for extreme, menacing melodies to be paired with a distinctive baritone voice, this record is a risky experiment gone right. Both parts of this weird equation have a reputation for traversing genres, and this is even clearer on SOUSED, the long-awaited record out now on 4AD.

Below is a short film (definitely more than just a music video when it clocks in at about ten minutes) for the opening track “BRANDO,” directed by French artist and choreographer Gisele Vienne. In it, a teenage boy stares off into the distance and locks himself in a dark room; dancer Anja Röttgerkamp moves in a jerky, horrifying way inside a cliffside house; French actress Catherine Robbe-Grillet witnesses a scene of violence. Neither Vienne nor the musicians have commented on the meaning, but it seems to echo Walker’s quote in a recent interview with The Quietus where he described the song as one of “unfulfilled longing; a song of masochistic longing.” Maybe the other 40 minutes – in only four songs – can fulfill some of our longing for more of this musical mix.

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