My Record Collection - December 5, 2017

My Record Collection by Black Moth's Harriet Hyde
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My Record Collection by Black Moth's Harriet Hyde

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of Black Moth and their singer, Harriet Hyde, let's dive in...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"It was a compilation CD called Sixties Summer Love and it introduced me to a whole world of soaring 60s pop which I still adore to this day, from Beach Boys and Mamas and Papas through to The Walker Brothers and Roy Orbison."

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"PJ Harvey’s Dry. It was just so raw and brutal but so immensely female as well. It spoke to my teenage soul and my first ever band covered Sheela-na-gig…"

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"Probably Can’s Future Days, simply because not only is it a Krautrock masterpiece, but it’s also one of the only albums I can sleep to! It helps to switch off those thoughts and drift into the flow…"

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"The Stooges' Raw Power. Does exactly what it says on the tin… sends jolts of life energy through you no matter what’s going on out in the real world and makes you feel like anything is possible."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen. It soothes me like nothing else and makes life look quite beautiful even in tough times. I felt his loss deeply, but I also thought his Swan Song album, You Want it Darker was an incredible parting gift."

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"DEVO - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Devo are pure genius. Produced by Brian Eno, so double genius. This has become somewhat of a cult classic but they were never as big as they should have been."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I've always loved the artwork for Sir Lord Baltimore's seminal photo-doom/stoner metal album Kingdom Come. It's an obscure choice but it's just a lovely illustration that compliments their sound perfectly."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Gnod's Just Say No to the Psycho Right-wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine.”

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is...

"Good lord, where to start? So much absolute garbage, so little time... I guess it should be something that surprises me...so I'm gonna say Faith No More. So many of my friends with excellent taste love them but somehow they just bypassed me."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Ghold - Stoic. Good friends and excellent, genuinely experimental musicians. Sludgy and heavy but never boring, and a first release from East London's Crypt of the Wizard."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2018 is…

"I just heard The Breeders have a new record coming out and I'm a huge fan of theirs. The Pixies were one of my biggest, most beloved formative bands and I adore Kim Deal- followed everything she's done ever since! Also eagerly awaiting new albums from our good friends Grave Lines and Limb... and I have a suspicion we'll be hearing something from dormant beasts Normal Man..."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Well, this is an impossible question. But my instinctive reaction, which I thought was going to be some Black Sabbath, was actually Brian Eno’s Here Come the Warm Jets.” It’s just beautiful and stylish and intelligent and those songs don’t sound like something that could have been produced by a mere mortal. They’re transcendent. Pure joy."

 

Black Moth's new album Anatomical Venus is out in February.  They'll also be touring the UK in February next year, starting on February 7 in Brighton at the Hope & Ruin and ending on February 16 at Leeds Brudenell Social Club. You can find more details here...

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