The pair were living near one another in Newcastle when the songs took shape. However, the creative journey they shared began years before, where the duo originally performed the songs during a trip to New York. In the intermittent years, neither were in the right head space to release the music. Only now, years later do they feel comfortable sharing their music with the world.
Their debut EP, four tracks of lush slowcore that sits somewhere on the spectrum between Slowdive & Spiritualized, is out today (Oct 19th) so we thought it was a perfect time to get Justin to pick his three most influential albums.
The Posies – Frosting on The Beater
I think it’s one of those albums where you could take the songs and re record them today without all the fuzz and frenetic drums and you’d still be left with a great record. I listen to this record often.
Portishead – Portishead
I know people bang on about trip hop and all that… but you go back and listen to those Massive Attack records, those Tricky records, and Portishead records… I just think even from a purely production angle – nobody comes close in pushing a sound / genre to be out there on there own more than all that lot did back then. The details, and the darkness in it all is fascinating and still grabs you. I think this record was the pinnacle.
King Creosote & John Hopkins – Diamond Mine (Jubilee edition)
I think it’s the balance – it’s not overly in one or another direction.. there’s a fragility and emotion in it that skirts between two opposing sonic universes that just works impressively well. The lyrics are just memorable and even the low key hooks and counter melodies just get stuck in my head all the time. I love this record. A lot.