After teasing a new song by the enigmatic songwriter at a New York City industry event back in June, British label 4AD now confirms it will release Scott Walker’s new LP Bish Bosch in early December. The album, Walker’s fourteenth, marks the first new studio material from the singer since 2006’s critically acclaimed The Drift.
In a statement on the album’s website, Walker notes, “I’ve always thought since the late 70’s, ‘This is my last record.’ Every single record has been that way…I guess I just pull the trigger each time.”
A quasi-portmanteau of a title — “Bosch” refers 15th Century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch; “bish” is slang for “bitch” — Walker reveals he had specific, almost feminist intentions in pairing the two seemingly disparate subjects together as the title of his newest work: “I was thinking about making the title refer to a mythological, all-encompassing, giant woman artist.”
Recorded over a period of three years, it appears Bish Bosch will explore more than just the power of the female spirit; the album also pays homage to a variety of international locales, molecular biology and time travel. (It wouldn’t be a Scott Walker album if things didn’t get a little bit heady.)
Bish Bosch is scheduled to hit stores on Dec. 3 in the UK and Dec. 4 in the US. Pre-orders are available through 4AD.
1. “See You Don’t Bump His Head”
2. Corps De Blah
4. SDSS1416+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)
9. The Day The “Conducator” Died