(David Sylvian) did say that he felt his stuff could use a little more balls. He’s much more of an ethereal merchant than I am. I’m a man who struggles with spirituality whereas he’s given in to it.
It’s interesting to hear it from himself, because this is how I’ve seen it from the beginning. That his work has both sides - the spiritual and the carnal. Except, I don’t think he struggles. I think both sides are fully fledged and the way they entwine together has always been at the core of his music. It’s what makes him such a dynamic and sensual artist.
In here he sounds like he’s apologizing for “having balls”. And there’s no need to. He’s just as otherworldly and cerebral as he is physical and “ballsy”. It’s a perfect symbiosis. (But, well, he wouldn’t be Scott Walker if he wasn’t constantly self-critical, hehe.)
Yes! Down with the mind-body dichotomy! One of the coolest things about the way Scott’s work has evolved is that more and more he emphasizes how music — in some ways the least material art form — is still very much embedded in the physical. Jerking in and out of rhythm, flitting past familiar melodies and quotes, even the strain in some of his vocal deliveries serves to create an experience in which the body and its communal history cannot be ignored.