P. George Stewart (gurugeorge) wrote,
P. George Stewart

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man

Just been to see Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, with S, who has always been a fan of his. Top film, highly recommended for anyone into music in general or of course Scott Walker in particular. I had no idea his recent music was so original, his singing so artistically mature. I was vaguely aware of the Walker Brothers, and I was also vaguely aware of his influence on British pop and art rock music from the 80s onwards, but until now I'd had no concrete idea quite how good he is, it was just an area of music that had passed me by. Quite inspiring, a true artist of integrity. (It's also quite exciting that something so "big" remains to be discovered in music even at my age.)

The film itself is very well made, loosely hung around a contemporary interview with the man himself, interspersed with lots of history tidbits, juicy and amusing nuggets of interview with famous artistic admirers and fans, and some very nice psychedelic/arthouse visuals to go with his music.

One of his fans in the film, a French guy, says he envies anyone who hasn't yet gotten into Scott Walker because it's a whole deep world in itself. I'm sort of in that position, and I'm looking forward to hearing more of his stuff, his "Phillips" period stuff for sure (particularly interesting to me if I put my producer's/programmer's hat on, as it has that big, mightily reverbed and compressed 60s orchestral pop sound that I'd be intrigued to find out how to synthesize as realistically as possible), but especially his recent (sporadic but seemingly brilliant) output.
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