Experimental pop singer-songwriter Scott Walker has died

He was 76.

Pop/rock visionary Scott Walker has died, aged 76. His passing was announced by his longtime label, 4AD, on social media yesterday.

“We are honored to have worked with Scott for the last 15 years of his life,” the label wrote. No further details surrounding his passing were revealed.

Born Noel Scott Engel in 1943, the artist changed his name when he joined The Walker Brothers, who shot to fame in the ’60s with hits like “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.” But Walker, unsuited for the mainstream pop spotlight, left the band at its commercial peak, though he did return to record the group’s last album, 1978’s Nite Flights.

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Walker began his solo career with the critically acclaimed records Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4, later on composing for film and working with various artists. He produced Pulp’s 2001 record We Love Life, dueted with Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes and recorded the 2014 album Soused with the drone metal band Sunn O))), among other notable collaborations. His last work was the score for the 2018 film Vox Lux.

Admirers, like Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich, and past collaborators like Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley, have paid tribute to Walker on social media.

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RIP, Scott Walker. Revisit his first solo album, 1967’s Scott, here:

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