|Studio album by|
|Released||8 May 1995|
|Studio||RAK Studios, Townhouse Studios|
|Producer||Scott Walker and Peter Walsh|
|Scott Walker chronology|
Tilt is the twelfth studio album by the American/English solo artist Scott Walker. It was released on 8 May 1995. It was Walker's first studio album in eleven years.
Walker composed the songs for the album between 1991 and 1992 except "Manhattan", which was written in 1987, and the final song "Rosary", which was composed in 1993. The album was recorded at RAK Studios and Townhouse Studios in the UK and its release had been expected as early as 1992 but was not completed until 1995. The album is the first installment of a "trilogy" that went on to include The Drift (2006) and Bish Bosch (2012).
The songs on the album have a decidedly bleak, forlorn and funereal mood; the lyrics are replete with arcane allusions and recondite wordplay and ellipses. Like Walker's previous effort, Climate of Hunter (1984), Tilt combines elements of European avant-garde and experimental elements, along with industrial music influences. The unusual literary, musical and performance qualities of Walker's songwriting and singing are reminiscent of the lieder and "art song" traditions – forms which long predate the era of recorded popular music and electronic media.
The compositions emphasize abstract atmospherics over harmonic structure, with minimalist, slightly discordant "sound blocks" and trance-like repetition rendered through carefully nuanced instrumentation and sparsely deployed sonic effects. Walker's voice resonates in a cavernous echo, taking on a haunted, distant, desolate quality, which one reviewer characterized as "Samuel Beckett at La Scala".
The opening track, "Farmer in the City", is subtitled "Remembering Pasolini". A few of the lyrics are appropriated from Norman Macafee's English translation of Pier Paolo Pasolini's poem, "Uno dei tanti epiloghi" ("One of the Many Epilogs"), which was written in 1969 for Pasolini's friend and protégé, the scruffy young nonprofessional actor, Ninetto Davoli. Throughout the song, Walker's chant of "Do I hear 21, 21, 21...? I'll give you 21, 21, 21...", may be a reference to Davoli's age when he was drafted into (and subsequently deserted from) the Italian army.
The lyrics of "The Cockfighter" include "excerpts relocated from the trial of Queen Caroline and the trial of Adolf Eichmann". "Bolivia '95" is apparently a song about South American refugees. The subtitle of "Manhattan", "flȇrdelē'", is a phonetic-matching corruption of the term fleur de lis, which is mentioned in the lyrics of the song.
In addition to a core lineup of musicians playing rock instruments, the recording also features contributions from the strings of Sinfonia of London and the Methodist Central Hall Pipe Organ, which were arranged and conducted by frequent collaborator Brian Gascoigne.
All tracks are written by N. S. Engel (Scott Walker).
|1.||"Farmer in the City (Remembering Pasolini)"||6:38|
|3.||"Bouncer See Bouncer..."||8:50|
|5.||"Face on Breast"||5:15|
|7.||"Patriot (A single)"||8:28|
Two promo CDs were released to promote Tilt on the radio and in record stores, containing ed versions of Tilt songs.
Scott 1 (Fontana – EEFR 1)
Scott 2 (Fontana - EEFR 2)
|UK Albums Chart||27|
Receiving excellent reviews from critics the album was first released in Europe as a limited ion LP and CD in May 1995 before it was released in the US in 1997. The artwork for the album was designed by Stylorouge with photography and image manipulation of Walker's hand by David Scheinmann from a concept by Walker.
|United Kingdom||8 May 1995||Fontana||CD||526 859-2|
|United Kingdom||8 May 1995||Fontana||LP (Limited Edition)||526 859-1|
|United States||2 September 1997||Drag City||CD||DC134CD|
|United States||18 November 2008||Drag City||LP||DC134|
As for fans of the intense avant-garde exercises of Tilt and The Drift...
Tilt (1995), the first of his trilogy of experimental albums