Scott Walker and Sunn O))) - "Brando" (video)

by Brice Ezell

23 October 2014

The lead track off of the Scott Walker and Sunn O))) collaboration LP Soused tells a crazy story on its own; now, however, it's got some haunting visual accompaniment to join it.

“Oh, the wide Missouri!” Scott Walker sings, kicking off his collaborative album with the American drone metal overlords behind Sunn O))), Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson. Walker sounds better than he’s sounded in years, his famed (and now aged) baritone croon reaching near operatic heights. Of course, this being a collaboration between Walker and Sunn O))), things get increasingly weirder from there. From Guns N’ Roses-indebted lead guitar licks to the sound of a cracking bullwhip, “Brando” is a predictably iconoclastic tune from these sonic innovators.
Below you can watch a short film made to accompany “Brando”, directed by Gisèle Vienne.

Soused is out now via 4AD.

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