Song: Montague Terrace (in Blue)
Artist: Scott Walker
The inimitable American baritone singer has a long and curious career going back to the 60s, when he began singing with the Walker Brothers (none of the three members being related but adopting the name nonetheless - the Ramones were to go much the same route less than a decade later). In short order, Scott Walker completely absorbed Scott Engel and never looked back. This song, from Walker’s '67 debut solo album simply titled Scott, is an exquisite look into everyday life - sort of the aural equivalent of Hitchcock’s magnificent Rear Window. Its stately, sweetly austere strings and sublimely focussed, uncluttered production showcase Walker’s regal, resonant voice and the curious quotidian things the narrator witnesses in his wee corner of the world. Poetic and weirdly wonderful in a 60s kind of way, yet the subject matter is utterly timeless. Props to the late Toronto singer/songwriter Steve Banks for introducing me to this artist’s work in the early 80s, and to Greg Chown for tipping me to this specific song.
Posted by Max MacDonald