My Record Collection - September 2, 2019

My Record Collection by Rachel Sermanni
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My Record Collection by Rachel Sermanni

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 Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni, let's see what she opts for...

 

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

"This was Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. This was the first vinyl I purchased as a teenager. As a homage to my first experience of sharing the listening and appreciation of an album with my Dad. It felt like an initiation the day he introduced Pink Floyd to me."

 

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

"I'd say Brandi Carlisle's The Story, was inspiring. We listened to it in the car, as a family."

 

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

"Sam Amidon, All is Well and Lily-O. Both albums are very special to me and I could listen to them over and over. And I do."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"This is Orba Squara's Sunshyness. This record was a gift from a friend when I was a teenager and I still go to it, today. It is a beautiful amalgamation of tiny noises and simple, sunshine songs. His voice is jubilant and sorrowful all at once."

 

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

"I'd go for Sufjan Stevens' Carrie and Lowell. I turn to this if I’m feeling in any way tender or in need of getting in touch with my tenderest."

 

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

"This is Admiral Fallow and their album Tiny Rewards. Louis, the front singer for this wonderful band, often jokes that they ‘sneaked this record out’. I think it should be heard far and wide. The writing is and arrangements are so intricate, exciting and explosive."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"For this, I'd say Hannah Epperson's Upsweep. A print of shadow and light. Alien and human. Movement and stillness. It’s cool too as her music is such a mix of electronic/organic and there’s something of machine and hand in the artwork. It almost makes a noise all of its own."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Has to be John Grant and Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. All his albums have brilliant names. But this wins..."

 

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

"I know it is not so circulated now, how popular Ryan Adams is/was, but I never really found what I heard of his songs to reach my heart. For whatever reason. I can see that his writing is good, but it doesn’t move me."

 

The last record I bought was…

"This was Siobhan Wilson's The Departure. I helped to write one of the songs in this beautiful collection. It’s a great record and Siobhan is an exquisite talent."

 

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

"It's ARCADE and Face The Fall. This is actually a duo band of my boyfriend Adam Holmes and a great songwriter and singer from Ireland called Heidi Talbot. They’ve been working really hard on this collaboration and I’m excited to see it out there. It is released in September." 

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Pff. I can’t. I won’t. Impossible. Who knows…"

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