My Record Collection - October 17, 2016

My Record Collection by Hilary Woods
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My Record Collection by Hilary Woods

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 former JJ72 bassist Hilary Woods who is now striking out on her own, let's see what she picks out...

 

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

"This was Wham’s 'Last Christmas'. I can't get away from this song, I got the seven inch single years after it had been released. It's sitting somewhere now collecting dust."


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

"I'd say Sonic Youth’s 'Washing Machine' . I was really taken with noise sans melody on this beauty. When I got it it sounded like garbled up emotion condensed into a vacuum cleaner. It made me wana just make noise.. the beginnings of something, I’m not sure what..."


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

"Possibly Sibylle Baier’s Colour Green. I love this record and the story behind it, the lyrics are stunning, all the songs are beautiful. And It’s in great company with other 70’s folk records from Nick Drake and Linda Perhacs and reminds me of early Angel Olsen material."


The record that always make me feel good is...

"Loads of records uplift me and make me want to continue making music. Taking Heads' Psycho Killer, Caribou’s Andorra, Sufjan Stevens' the Age of Adz, The Doors' self-titled LP amongst many others, they all put a spring in my step."


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

"Anything by Daniel Johnston. His unwavering honesty and humour bring it back to what it's all about. And they’re all on tape! Reminding me that anything can be made from where I’m at with whatever resources available."


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

"One of them is Patrick Kelleher’s 'You Look Cold'. I think Patrick Kelleher is really great, and I loved this record. It's a whole rack of things, lo-fi experimental folk electronica, which was made at home with an inspired range of homemade sounds and a lot of charisma."


The record with my favourite cover art is...

"There’s just so many, I do like the art work on Russian Circles' Empros and Portishead’s Only You and the thing is with good artwork, they can just sit on your mantlepiece and smile down and shine!"


The record with my favourite title is...

"A few have just stuck with me. Chelsea Wolfe’s Unknown Rooms, The Strokes' 'Is This It?, Aphex Twin’s Come to Daddy and Anthony and the Johnson’s 'I am a Bird Now'. These titles intrigue and made me want to listen to the records."


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

"Anything by Savage Garden, Phil Collins and Wings. They’re just not my cup of tea..."


The last record I bought was...

"Weyes Blood's Cardamom Times. This was my introduction to Weyes Blood, really like, they’re raw somewhat psychedelic acoustic songs with beautiful lyrics and ambience, great voice."


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2016 is...

"Possibly Cat’s Eyes Treasure House. I'm a fan of both The Horrors (and Toy) and Rachel Zeffira is an intriguing musician, I loved their first record. Im also looking forward to listening to PJ Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project, Rid of Me is one of my favourite records ever and Let England Shake was stunning so I'm looking forward to its follow-up."


The greatest record of all time is...

"That's very difficult, I’ll have to get back to you with a definitive answer, in contention would be My Bloody Valentine's Loveless', Low - I Could Live in Hope, Arcade Fire’s Funeral, Lauren Hill - The
Mis Education.., Nick Drake’s Five Leaves Left, Nirvana’s Nevermind, all will be in the mix. Impossible to choose one."

 

Hilary Woods' new EP Heartbox is out now and available here in hmv's digital store. 

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