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Scott Walker / Photo Courtesy <i>Scott Walker: 30 Century Man</i>

Noir balladeer Scott Walker is an unlikely connection. In the '60s, he made theatrical music tackling unmarketable subjects like family men who only feel alive when scoring hookers, and his more recent albums have been radically unpleasant affairs featuring the sound of people punching beef. What Walker and Animal Collective have in common is a seductive approach to horror: In the darkest corners of their music are things you can't look at but can't look away from either. Ironically, it was Panda Bear — the gentle one — who sampled Walker on Person Pitch's "Take Pills."


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