My Record Collection - August 24, 2020

My Record Collection by Another Sky's Naomi Le Dune
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My Record Collection by Another Sky's Naomi Le Dune

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 rising rockers Another Sky and their bassist Naomi Le Dune. Let's see what she chooses...

 

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

"It was The Used's Lies for the Liars. I had a pretty heavy emo phase like most people my age, let’s be honest. Sonically it reflected some of the nasty bits of my teenage years, music is a great outlet for working through stuff like that. I remember seeing this album in hmv and studying the pretty shady artwork and ‘explicit content’ sticker thinking “Oh yes. My dad will hate this. Into the basket, you go.” I was right, he did."

 

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

"I'd say Paramore's Riot! All hail Hayley Williams. What a gal. She’s just out of this world cool. I got into Paramore at the time of this record, when they were particularly hyped, and I was also becoming increasingly obsessed with playing bass. The album is jam-packed with great riffs and catchy choruses so it was an absolute no brainer for me. It soundtracked a fair amount of my teenage breakups and for that I am grateful."

 

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

"It's Tame Impala's Currents. This record is responsible for a lot of my ‘obsessive rewinding sections of songs and replaying them 1000 times until I’ve got nothing left to give’ episodes. I remember hearing that absolutely insane guitar solo towards the end of the song that made me freeze and clutch my heart thinking “holy crust. This is piercing something deep in me. I must listen 999 times more”."

"Drama aside, I think it’s also my favourite running order of a record and it’s so lovely that Kevin Parker called me up just to check that I would be happy. Because my happiness matters, ok?"

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"It has to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. There is a reason why this record is so loved by many, and it’s not because they or I am trying to be hip. It’s because it’s actually great. That said, it took me a while to appreciate it. I recall a year four PE lesson where we had to choreograph a dance to ‘Go Your Own Way’. Our teacher was a massive fan, and I remember thinking “jeez, old people music sucks”. Turns out, she had impeccable taste and I repent every day for ever having such despicable thoughts."

 

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

"I'd say Coldplay's Parachutes. Parachutes had such a massive impact on me as a musician. I listened to it a lot growing up as my Dad used to play it in the car quite regularly. I got all my new music from being in the car with my dad around that age. It’s a fantastic record with brilliant songwriting and perfect arrangements. It also shaped the way I play and write on bass, Guy Berryman has written some of my favourite bass lines. His bass lines are never invasive, they just sit perfectly in the arrangements. Bravo, sir."

 

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

"It's Talk Talk's Spirit of Eden. Probably no shock here to those of you who know anything about our band. Spirit of Eden has played a huge part in our songwriting and production. Slot yourself into a comfy chair and zone out to this record. Ask no questions, make no assumptions, and I guarantee you’ll be floating in a land of milk and honey in no time. You’re welcome." 

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"It's The Beatles' Revolver. I’m a big fan of Aubrey Beardsley’s work who hugely influenced the artwork of this record designed by artist Klauss Voormann. I love the fine detailing of the hair and the ultimate side-eye from Jon Lennon. And yes, before you ask, I have the T-shirt."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"I'd say Limp Bizkit and the epic Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water. Such a crazy title and I freakin’ love the production on this record, it’s large. I only recently understood what chocolate starfish actually meant after years of saying it in public in my best Fred Durst voice. No big deal though, why change the habit of a lifetime?"

 

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

"It's U2's The Joshua Tree. I mean no disrespect and I'd have loved not to answer this question, but I’ve started so I’ll finish. I just find it really really boring and uninspiring and that’s okay. I’m sure people will say that about our music too, they’re wrong, but I’m sure people will say it. There are some hugely successful songs on this record and that’s absolutely wonderfully fantastic for U2."

 

The last record I bought was…

"I picked up Cherry Glazer's Stuffed & Ready. I saw these guys in Texas at SXSW and they were probably the best band I’d seen at the festival. If you like grungey guitars and angelic vocals then give this record a spin. I have it on a lot when I’m cycling, it packs a punch and has helped me up some gnarly hills."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2020 is…

"It's Doves' The Universal Want. There are a heap of exciting records coming out this year, but the record I’m most looking forward to hearing is Doves new album The Universal Want. If their latest single ‘Carousels’ is a taste of things to come then my excitement is justified, it’s a really great song."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I've gone for Radiohead's In Rainbows. Jeepers, how do I sum up something so majestic? I adore every track on this record because every track is pure perfection. I can play it any time of day, it doesn’t matter what mood I’m in it just always works. It’s a tonic for the soul..."

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