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hmv's Albums Of The Year 2017 - Idles
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

hmv's Albums Of The Year 2017 - Idles

2017 is almost at an end, but what a year it's been for music! There have been so many great records across the year, and, to celebrate, hmv have rounded up 50 of the best of them for our guide to the best albums of 2017. It's available to pick-up in store now and, to coincide, we're going to be running interviews with some of the artists who've made the cut.

Today it's the turn of Idles and their powerhouse new album Brutalism, we spoke to frontman Joe Talbot about how it came together...


Congratulations! You’re one of hmv’s albums of the year, how does it feel?

"It feels reassuring and right. We are humbled and lifted by any recognition for our passion and hard work."


How do you look back on the making of Brutalism? Was it a difficult album to make?

"I look back with fits of nostalgia and vigour when I think of making Brutalism; it was an exceedingly easy album to make because my situation was so challenging the music came freely and unthought but completely provoked by loss and love."


What was the first song that came together for the album?

"I have no idea which one came first! It was all a bit of a blur."


What’s your favourite memory of making the album?

"My favourite memory of making the album was when we finished writing 1049 Gotho; there was a real feeling of unison and joy at the end of that song. Every now and again you look at each other at the end of a song once you played it through for the first time and you get goosebumps and you gurn with joy as you look at each other and just laugh at how the fuck you've achieved such a beautiful thing."


If you had to choose a favourite song from the album, could you?

"I'd say 'Mother'."


Finally, apart from your own LP, what’s been your favourite album of 2017?

"The Underside of Power by Algiers or Relatives in Descent by Protomartyr; They are both absolute beasts. Protomartyr have produced my favourite album of their's to date and I have no idea how they stay sounding so fresh with each record and Algiers is just the definition of weight and force behind each song, their economy of sound and production is so fucking powerful."


Idles' new album Brutalism is out now and available here in hmv's online store. 

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