5 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the '90s, the ‘60s pop star Scott Walker had evolved into an avant-garde master. In 2014, it’s little surprise that he’s written Soused as a collaboration with underground drone-metallists Sunn O))). Anyone familiar with previous Walker albums such as Tilt, The Drift, or Bish Bosch will recognize the barking, musical theater–like baritone vocals and the postapocalyptic, scorched-earth instrumentation. And for Soused, Walker is joined by Sunn O))), including their third guitarist Tos Nieuwenhuizen. “Bull,” in particular, takes on the dark, grinding distortion, while other epics sound like a circus on fire. Singularly brilliant.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

By the '90s, the ‘60s pop star Scott Walker had evolved into an avant-garde master. In 2014, it’s little surprise that he’s written Soused as a collaboration with underground drone-metallists Sunn O))). Anyone familiar with previous Walker albums such as Tilt, The Drift, or Bish Bosch will recognize the barking, musical theater–like baritone vocals and the postapocalyptic, scorched-earth instrumentation. And for Soused, Walker is joined by Sunn O))), including their third guitarist Tos Nieuwenhuizen. “Bull,” in particular, takes on the dark, grinding distortion, while other epics sound like a circus on fire. Singularly brilliant.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Poemasatree ,

Indescribably weird and crushingly heavy

If you’re already a fan of Sunn O))), you probably understand what you’re in for here. It doesn’t crush like Black One, but it’s definitely eery and heavy in its own way. It certainly won’t win any converts to Sunn O))), but that’s never been the point, anyway. Admittedly, I found the vocals completely at odds with my expectations at first, but by the end of track one, I was digging it. It’s weird. I like weird. It’s safe to assume that anyone reading this already knows what’s up, so what are you waiting for? Buy it!

williamplong ,

SO DARK AND COLD

I can already tell you that this is going to be the greatest late October / Halloween soundtrack the world has ever known.

RhapsodyinStu ,

In the Eye of the Beholder

First of all, rest relaxed: this is not Lulu: Drone Edition. This is a very well put together, well paced album that manages to show off both sides of the project's skills.
The main point of contention appears to be over Scott's vocals. Personally, I can see why people dislike them; their overall timbre is generally just very...weird to hear in a popular context. However, it is a dramatic voice, full of conviction and pain. In this sense, it perfectly embodies Sunn's music.

Highly recommended...but listen to some previews before buying.

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