Scott Walker has died aged 76, his label 4AD have confirmed.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker,” the label said in a statement on their website. “Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner Beverly.”
Emerging as one third of ’60s group The Walker Brothers, Scott then disappeared from the musical landscape for decades, before re-emerging in the 1990s, becoming one of experimental music’s most-loved figures.
In 4AD’s statement, they include a quote from novelist Eimear McBride, originally written as the foreword to Sundog, a 2017 book of the singer’s lyrics.
“Walker’s work, as Joyce’s before it, is a complex synaesthesia of thought, feeling, the doings of the physical world and the weight of foreign objects slowly ground together down into diamond. It is Pinter-esque in its menace but never shies from naked emotion… This is work that does not speak of danger, it feels like it.”
Read the statement in full below.
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