The reclusive pop legend teams up with Jarvis Cocker and company...

SCOTT WALKER is producing the new PULP album, NME.COM can confirm.

A source close to the band said the reclusive genius has been in the studio with the band for the past few weeks after their previous producer didn’t work out.

The source also told NME.COM that at one point, the band were considering employing the services of Mark ‘Spike’ Stent – but that they decided not to use him after hearing his work on this year’s Oasis album ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’.

A spokesperson for Pulp refused to confirm or deny the report other than to say: “We’ve heard all the rumours, but it’s a firm ‘no comment’ at the moment. No-one wants to talk about anything until there’s something actually there.”

Mystery has surrounded the fate of the forthcoming Pulp album for months.

Frontman Jarvis Cocker told NME.COM way back in February that he hoped to have release a single before the summer, followed by an album.

The band even debuted a clutch of new tracks at the Reading/Leeds Carling Weekend Festivals in August with titles including ‘Weeds’, ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Birds In Your Garden’, which NME.COM has been told is an odds-on single.

But it’s understood the band were unhappy with previous results in the studio and have now junked much of their earlier recordings to concentrate on their work with Walker.

It’s believed that Pulp met Walker and talked him into producing the as-yet untitled new album at this year’s Meltdown Festival, which he curated in July.

Walker found fame as one of The Walker Brothers who hit the top of the charts with ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ in 1966. He went on to a more sporadic but hugely influential solo career which yielded four self-titled albums, as well as the LPs ‘Climate Of Hunter’ and’Tilt’.