My Record Collection - May 22, 2017

My Record Collection by Maximo Park's Duncan Lloyd
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My Record Collection by Maximo Park's Duncan Lloyd

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 Maximo Park axeman Duncan Lloyd, let's see what he picks out...

 

Check out a selection of Duncan's picks in this playlist...

 

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

"This is Birdhouse In Your Soul by They Might Be Giants. Me and my sister clubbed together to buy the 7" single, it was a big deal at the time, we had our own idea of what the lyrics were (we were way off) and wore our copy out, amazingly I still have it."

 

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

"Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde. Bob Dylan's songwriting at that point was otherworldly, I remember walking into the back room of my house when I was about 13 and my dad was playing it on record and I couldn't get over what I'd heard. It's as much about the words as the way his band performs, wrapping melody over melody it's untamed and mostly unrehearsed, on the edge of something that has become timeless."

 

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

"This is Bringing It All Back Home by Bob Dylan. Another Dylan record! There are so many layers to this, sounds, meanings, no meanings, melodies, musicianship. The atmosphere of this album takes you far from where you are, sometimes into the past through other characters eyes or sometimes out into a scorching rocky wilderness. The imagery in it is unmatched which is probably why I always return to it."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"I'd say 'Supper' by Smog. Although there is a moodiness in parts of it, it's the wit and the inventiveness of the lyrics that I find uplifting. It's the first Smog record I bought, it has such a great sound too, there's enough melody and enough space weaving through it but it's the words that stay with you."

 

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

"Sun Kil Moon's Ghosts of the Great Highway. A melancholic masterpiece."

 

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

"That's tough, but right now I'd say Songs For The Gentle Man by Bridget St. John. I heard this in a record shop in Glasgow the other day and although I'd heard it before I realised how brilliant and underrated it is, it is whimsical in its own way but it captures something that Nick Drake's albums capture, an understated wee gem."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"This would be The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra (Vol 1 and 2) by Sun Ra. Sun Ra covers are generally bonkers but I'm keen on these particularly."


The record with my favourite title is…

"This is Slanted and Enchanted by Pavement. No reason, I just like it."

 

The last record I bought was…

"This was Emahoy Tsegue's Mariam Guebru. A brilliantly talented nun with a piano." 

 

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

"Controversial I know but it would have to be the single 'Hey Jude' by The Beatles, probably a national treasure of a song for some people and although I love The Beatles, this is one that I find goes on for an eternity. I'm guessing I'm in the minority here as friends look at me like I've shot their dog if I mention it."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2017 is…

"Out In The Storm by Waxahatchee, I really enjoyed her last record so I'm looking forward to this and the Haim record."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"On the spot or what..(That's not the album title). Revolver by The Beatles was probably the first record I remember hearing and for better or worse has stayed with me, forming some kind of blueprint for how albums should be. A little obvious? Who cares, they nailed it."

 

Maximo Park's new album Risk To Exist is out now and available here in hmv's online store. Duncan Lloyd's debut solo album I O U O M E is released on May 26th. 

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