On March 9th the follow up their lauded debut, Comfort Songs, with Plays With Fire; nine songs and 32 minutes of delicate dream pop. Ahead of that we got Tyler to choose the five records that have influenced their direction.
Owen – No Good For No One Now
I associate it with innocent times laying down and laughing. But anyway, by way of inspiration, how can you not care to emulate Mike Kinsella’s lovely instrumental excursions here. So wonderfully downtempo and dreamy.
Slowdive – Pygmalion
This album is totally the Victorialand of this band’s career and it’s such a delight. I’d like to make music that can transport me into a different world like those albums can.
Joni Mitchell – Hejira
The lyrics in Hejira on the whole are extremely personal. She really does invite you into her head during this long journey that is her early days as a touring musician. I appreciate her honesty. This album inspires me in so many ways. “Blue Motel Room” is another favorite.
Mary Margaret O’Hara – Miss America
The musical approach here is so free form and so loose, marks of inspired work. “When You Know Why You’re Happy” has always been the stand out track for me on this one. Just listen to that bass-line!
Ibrahim Ferrer – Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer
It was in this daydream that she put on “Aquellos Ojos Verdes.” Wow. What a tune. But somehow “Herido De Sombras” has surpassed it and become not only my favorite song on the record, but a favorite of all time. This music is so rich and sweet. The arrangements can only be described as lush. When the album seeps into a dream, I seep into a dream, when the album is buzzing with life, I am too. It’s perfect.