Part of our ongoing Cinema Sounds series, Paul Gonter brings us “The Seventh Seal,” the opening track from Scott Walker’s 1969 album Scott 4.
The Artist: avant-garde composer via ’60s britpop sensation Scott Walker
The Influence: Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal
The Result: intelligent baroque pop made possible only through the blessing of Swedish existentialism
“After school or even cutting school I would go to Hollywood Boulevard, where there were all these cinemas. You could see four movies for a quarter, or something like that. You could watch these films into the night. So I went to one of these things, paid my quarter, didn’t know what I was going to see. The last movie on was quite late. It was the Bergman film The Virgin Spring. I took in the name … . So it was on that one night that I became interested.” – From Scott Walker’s talk with The Believer
Scott 4 is available for purchase on iTunes.