Scott Walker and Sunn O))) Combine, Launch Scott O)))

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.02.14 in News

Scott O))). The name tells you about all you need to know, but just in case: Scott Walker and Sunn O))) have teamed up on a project for 4AD. The venerable indie label revealed the momentous collaboration between the British-based avant-garde crooner and the Seattle drone-metal fog-pummelers with a cryptic tweet to a website featuring the logo you see above.

“I can confirm that they are working together,” a 4AD rep says via email. “We will have more information to share in the next couple of weeks.” A label spokesperson clarified to The Quietus that “there is a record coming later this year.” Other details are still to be announced.

A prospective album from the collaborators would be Walker’s first since 2012′s mighty, austere (and mighty austere) Bish Bosch. Sunn O))) hasn’t released a full-fledged studio album since 2009′s metal/avant-garde synthesis Monoliths and Dimensions. But the robe-wearing unit, centered around core members Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, hasn’t been shy about collaborations, most recently working with Norway’s Ulver on this year’s atmosphere-weaving Terrestrials after previous team-ups with Nurse With Wound and Boris.

Walker collabos are a rarer get, though the Ohio-born former teen idol of the Walker Brothers fame did lend his characteristic deep baritone to a track on Bat for Lashes’ 2009 Two Suns. Last year, Walker reissued his first five albums as a box set via Universal.

Whatever happens, this earth-shaking meeting of high-minded heavies should have your mid-year top-10 lists quaking like whatever is the opposite of an aftershock.