Experimental singer/songwriter and producer Scott Walker has passed away aged 76, his label 4AD has confirmed.
Originally emerging into the world of music as part of The Walker Brothers in the 1960s, the enigmatic Walker eventually went on to pursue a successful solo career spanning decades that inspired countless others - the likes of David Bowie, Radiohead, and Anohni are just some of those to note his influence.
"For half a century, the genius of the man born Noel Scott Engel has enriched the lives of thousands, first as one third of The Walker Brothers, and later as a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality," reads an obituary on the label's website. "Scott Walker has been a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music: audacious and questioning, he has produced works that dare to explore human vulnerability and the godless darkness encircling it."
"From teen idol to cultural icon, Scott leaves to future generations a legacy of extraordinary music; a brilliant lyricist with a haunting singing voice, he has been one of the most revered innovators at the sharp end of creative music, whose influence on many artists has been freely acknowledged. The scope and dynamism of his vision have added dimension to both film and dance, and he has stunned audiences with music whose composition transcends genre, and whose sheer originality defies pigeonholing."
Walker's most recently released project was the score for musical drama movie Vox Lux, released in 2018.
Walker is survived by his daughter Lee, his granddaughter Emmi-Lee, and his partner Beverly. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.