The last time Scott Walker sang live in front of an audience was during a reputedly disastrous cabaret tour with his reformed ’60s hitmakers The Walker Brothers in 1978. But now, in an interview with music site The Quietus about his collaboration with cowled Seattle drone-mongers Sunn O))), he has floated the idea that he may play again. Speaking of their joint album Soused, the reclusive Walker told The Quietus, “We’re not saying no but we want to see what the reaction will be, to see if it’s strong enough to make a consideration of it.” Walkerwatchers will point out that he’s hinted at a return to live work before: in 2006 he told MOJO, “I do have an idea for a record, different and more stripped. If I can complete it, it would be possible to tour that.” Or, maybe this is that record?
We contacted Walker’s label 4AD for comment but they admitted they’d heard nothing of such plans, but would be “over the moon” if it happened. As would we all. Until then, here’s an excerpt from Soused, which is released on October 20.