Tuesday, May 1, 2007

cossacks are





'a moving aria for a vanishing style of mind'
'a noble debut trackling vertiginous demands'
'has absence ever sounded so eloquent so sad i doubt it?
with an arm across the torso
face on the nails
with an arm across the torso
face on the pale monkey nails
'touching in the shattered lives it unearths'
'a nocturne filled with glorious ideas'
'a chilling exploration of erotic consumption'
with an arm across the torso
face on the nails
with an arm across the torso
face on the pale monkey nails
cossacks are charging in
charging into fields of white roses
cossacks are charging in
charging into fields of white roses
"that's a nice suit"
"that's a swanky suit"
"been a pope like no other"
"i'm looking for a good cowboy"
'a rare outcry makes you lead a larger life'
'you could easily picture this in the current top ten'
'medieval savagery calculated cruelty
'it's hard to pick the worst moment'
'it's hard to pick the worst moment'
with an arm across the torso
face on the nails
with an arm across the torso
face on the pale monkey nails

scott walker, from the drift.
design by vaughan oliver.

8 comments:

shahn said...

i am so happy vaughan oliver keeps making album covers

the art of memory said...

i assume he did the images above, but i am not positive, there is a photographer credited as well but i think he did the portraits,
i do like his work though, you are right on that deal.

Anonymous said...

This album is utterly genius.

Couldn't we use many more artists sitting on their works for a decade or longer, thinking about them over & over & over before putting them to the public, especially if something like "The Drift" or "Tilt" would be the result?

What's perhaps most amazing to me is the folks that don't appreciate the late Walker.

I don't think you have to like the work necessarily, but if you don't stand in awe of the result, well, there's a hole somewhere inside of you.

A musical Shakespeare? Maybe

Tim

the art of memory said...

yes tim, i agree.
i find most people don't like him in general.
i think his early music is 10, and he has gotten better with these last 2.
the sound in the drift is just so stunning, every time i play it, i feel like i have never heard it, there are so many layers and so much subtilty, and has a simplicity that is unique.
i can understand him saying it would be just to costly to peform live.

dave said...

related, sort of:
I recently saw the doc on SW, '30 Century Man,' at Tribeca. Very strong, informative film for newbies and SW obsessives alike, featuring an interview with Scott as well as footage of him recording The Drift.

the art of memory said...

that is great, i have been real excited about seeing it, hopefully it will play out here in the woods of san francisco.
there are some interviews on-line of him talking about the drift that are interesting.

dave said...

I have it on reasonably good authority that it will be picked up for distribution sometime soon; I'm sure it will play in SF.

the art of memory said...

glad to hear that. thank you kindly.