Ahead of that release, we asked Robin, Mathieu & Louis to pick the three albums that inspired them to make such densely fascinating music.
Gillian Welch (and David Rawlings) – Time (The Revelator) (2001)
The album in its entirety is journey in of itself. Though every song can stand alone, it is better appreciated nestled in its resting place within the album. You’re brought in and out of something private, of something eternal, transcendent and honest. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings musical sensitivity is astonishing. Welch’s stories and word play are brilliant. Rawlings’ harmonies and instrument work are careful and thoughtful. Together they write stunning work.
I’ve been listening to this album over the last sixteen years and with every genuine listen, it still hits hard, it still remains timeless. I still fall to pieces. It still strikes my core. This album has me.
A true piece of art.
Tony Conrad and Faust – Outside The Dream Syndicate (1972)
Unlike most of Conrad’s recordings, his beautiful yet dissonant violin drones are here backed quite thoughtfully by Faust’s measured rhythm section. The ever so simplistic drum and bass pattern rides steadily as Conrad’s drone breaths in and out of dissonant glory. As none of the involved players on this record are hurried, the main two parts on this record evolve and shift ever so slowly. If glanced at only briefly, I can see how this listen may seem like an endurance test but when listened to in its entirety, it can be a most rewarding and transcendental experience. Some patience, something that we could all work on, is indeed a must when listening to this one.
For a record that it is pretty out there, it is also a great example of how pretty basic “band” elements can be used in creating great experimental music. Pre conceived notion of basic “rock” structures and technics are not completely thrown out the window but rather re-imagined, deconstructed.
Everything I try to accomplish musically is on this record.
Shipping News – Very Soon, and in Pleasant Company (2001)
I got acquainted to the music of Shipping News in my early twenties and I got instantly hooked. The band’s 2001 album Very Soon, and in Pleasant Company is what I consider a perfect album. Precise, touching, fragile and gracious are the first words that come to mind when I think of it.
In fact, every single time I listen to songs like “Contents Of A Landfill” or “How to Draw Horses”, it feels like falling in love, deeply. It is so beautiful and honest, it gives shivers. It’s definitely an LP I could listen on loop over and over and over again.