My Record Collection - February 24, 2015

My Record Collection by Rae Morris
by Tom
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My Record Collection by Rae Morris

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 Rae Morris, let's see what she's got to offer us...

 

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

"That would be PJ Harvey's Rid Of Me. I remember walking into the HMV in Blackpool on one of my first ever solo trips into town. I saw the cover, her hair wet and flipped back. It caught my eye and i bought it purely off the back of that. I had no idea who she was or what I would find in that record. It didn't really seem to matter."

 

The record that made me want to be a singer was…

"I'll say Regina Spektor's Soviet Kitsch. I'd never heard anyone do such interesting and strange things with their voice before. And the subject matter. This album opened so many doors in my mind. I realised that as long as you mean what you say, you can sing about pretty much anything."

 

 

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

"Kate Bush - Aerial. Aerial to me is like a big, golden, velvet blanket that every time you throw over yourself you feel a new texture and a new weight to it. I can't get over the way the songs melt together and the lyrics completely swallow me up. “The day writes the words right across the sky. they go all the way up to the top of the night”

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Feist's The Reminder. I think this is the album that i could listen to at any time and I can rely on it making me feel still and content. It kind of reminds me of who I am in a strange way. It must be because Iwas pretty young when I first listened to it. It takes me back to that time and realigns my perspective."

 

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

"Tom Waits - Closing Time. There's such a dark sadness in this album but the subject matter is at times so celebratory and joyous that it doesn't completely depress me. It gives me enough material to wallow in my self pity for a bit, then picks me back up to get back to reality!"

 

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

"frYars - Power. I know that 'all time' is a very long time, and that perhaps this Fryars album did get a lot of critical industry acclaim, but commercially, I definitely don't think this album gets as much attention as it deserves. It's a tricky ground to tread when you're trying to form an un-biased opinion of your friends work. I would call Ben Garrett a genius if it wasn't for me knowing how much he dislikes being called that. The bottom line really is that this album is a classic that's going to represent our generation, now, but also live long and healthily for years to come. It is past, present and future all rolled into one very moving piece of work and actually maybe I'm quite glad that not many people know about it; I've never really liked sharing!"


 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I'll say Thom Yorke's The Eraser. My Aunty Barbara is a huge Radiohead fan and I guess I never really knew about them or understood what they were about until she started to get various bite sized pieces of their artwork tattooed on her body. Tattoos fascinate me. I don't have one because I don't yet think I've found something I'm that passionate about which seems like a shame. My Aunty's extreme level of dedication to Radiohead made me feel I should at least give them a listen. When I set eyes on Stanley Donwood's intricate but bold and dramatic artwork for 'The Eraser' I almost didn't need to listen to the music anymore. I think it's fascinating how an artist can completely capture the essence of a record and a sound like that."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Elbow's The Take-Off And Landing Of Everything. I'm definitely an Elbow fan and am gradually finding more and more reasons to secure that fact. But i've never really gone deep into and album of theirs and usually just appreciate from a far the incredible songwriting of Guy Garvey and his dedication and hard work is obviously very inspiring. There is something so effortless and conclusive about the title of this record. I think it's the perfect summary of the style and poetic majesty of Garvey, and so effortlessly too. I love that it makes me visualise and revisit certain moments in my own life, as well as understand the clear reality that everyone else in the world has those moments too; together and at the same time."

 

The last record I bought was…

"That was Bjork's Vulcinara. It's so cool."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2015 is…

"Lucy Rose. I must admit that I've had the privilege of hearing a lot of the new music that Lucy has been producing over the last year or so. I guess I'm most looking forward to other people hearing it in 2015. It's still a concept that I can't get my head around; being able to observe the demo's and each step of the recording process of one of the artists you admire the most. Lucy has always been a role model figure to me. Her songwriting is so sincere and pure and i think that this second record will be very important for her and for her fans."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I sat here for a long time wondering how to answer this question. The truth is that I don't have an extensive enough knowledge of music to say which of the albums in history has been the greatest to date. I probably haven't even heard most of the ones that experts would declare the best. I think that right now is such an incredibly exciting time. Music has no boundaries or limits and I feel that the minds of the listener are the most open and accepting that they have ever been. 'All time' refers to all the time ahead of us too so I'm looking forward to then and what and when may take us by surprise."

 

Rae Morris's debut album Unguarded is out now. You can preview it on the right-hand side of the page. She tours the UK in October. You can find all the dates here. 

 

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