Update: “A website”: for the record has been put up, with quotes “from” Walker about the upcoming album, due on December 3rd and 4th.
How to approach a record like Bish Bosch?
Scott insists none of his work is in any way autobiographical. So you are compelled to re-think the way you experience music to get the most out of these pieces. Instead it’s more like a form of sonic fiction (magic realism, cut-up, sci-fi and historical reinvention all rolled up into distinct packages). There are frequently two, three or more ideas packed into each song: scenarios that seem distinct at first but whose connections are subtly revealed. The lyrics process a mass of data, set to music that often veers into filmic sound effects and Foley artistry. Songs leap across giant historical chasms or reach for the outer limits of space. A single number can contain references to molecular biology and sulphurous farts; quotes from the Bible and Hollywood film directors; medieval leather shoes and Algonquin chiefs. They unashamedly revel in unfamiliar words, technical terminology and obscure references, so keep a dictionary handy and bookmark Wikipedia. It’s all part of the fun.
As Pitchfork points out:
A few months back, 4AD teased a new album from revered avant-garde crooner Scott Walker—his first since 2006’s The Drift, which placed at #10 on Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2006. Now, an album title and release date have surfaced on Amazon.