My Record Collection - November 26, 2019

My Record Collection by Elderbrook
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My Record Collection by Elderbrook

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 electro whizz Alexander Kotz, better known as Elderbrook, let's have a look through his collection...

 

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

"It was Newton Faulkner's Hand Built By Robots. I really loved the song 'Dream Catch Me' on the album. I used to listen to it all the time in my handheld Walkman just in my house thinking I was so cool."

 

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

"This is Kings of Leon's Young, Youth and Manhood. Still one of my favourite albums. I love how angsty and raw the sound was and it massively influenced my first band which was just me and some friends. I even tried to sing like Caleb though I'm not sure I did him justice..."

 

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

"Black Eyed Peas - Elephunk. Every song bangs! What I love about the album is that it doesn't fit into any single genre, each song is completely its own thing. My Mum also used to play it in the car a lot!"

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"This is The Faces' 'Oh La La', “I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger”, it's such a strong message. I think it's one of those great lyrics which sticks with you and really makes you think."

 

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

"I'd say Johnny Flynn's Been Listening. I love this because there are so many songs on it which I love to harmonise with. When I'm harmonising it takes my mind off everything and is really therapeutic for me."

 

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

"Noah And The Whale’s second album's Last Night On Earth. It really takes me back to when I was younger and first started going out properly with my mates. The stories that it tells are great too."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"The Strokes' Is This It? It's just great."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"I'd say The Small Faces' Ogden's Nut Gone Flake. I just think it's funny that a band named their record something that sounds like a cereal. It makes me laugh and I've always remembered it for that reason."

 

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

"A song that I can’t understand why everybody loves is Crazy Frog. I get that it was supposed to be a joke at the time and was meant to be funny but the problem was it just wasn’t that funny. For a period of time in 2005, it was everywhere and you just couldn’t get away from it, especially because I was only 11 years old at the time and all of my friends thought it was hilarious."

"To be fair it was the first time I had ever heard a song like that that was an internet meme song but I just found it so irritating and I am glad that time is behind us; it just really wasn’t for me!"

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was La Femme - Its Time To Wake Up. I wanted to set it as my alarm because it's all dreamy and fun and so perfectly named."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2019 is…

"The new Foals record. They are one of my favourite bands and I'm always excited to see what comes next and how their sound has developed between records."

 

The greatest record of all time is...

"For me, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - Deja Vu is the best record of all time. It's a supergroup that consists of four incredible musicians so that’s always a good start. The fact that they can all sing just means that the harmonies in each song are amazing and that’s something that I really love."

"I remember listening to it when I was younger and it’s where I got my understanding of harmonies from. Songs like helpless really cut through to my core and will always have a special place in my heart."

"The fact that four such incredible musicians in their own right got together and formed this supergroup, just because they wanted to see what they could create, is also a really cool idea that just doesn’t happen as much anymore."

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