My Record Collection - April 29, 2019

My Record Collection by SYML
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My Record Collection by SYML

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 SYML, aka Seattle singer/producer Brian Fenner, let's see what he picks out for us...

 

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

"This was Tom Petty's Into The Great Wide Open. I was about 9 years old and my father recommended this album to me. It became my obsession for the next few years."

 

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

"Got to be Soundgarden's Superunknown. I remember doing schoolwork while listening to this album. Chris Cornell taught me a lot about my voice. Growing up in Seattle also made this album special to me."

 

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

"U2's Joshua Tree. I studied this album. I think it is still shaping records made today. I learned a lot about melody and what makes a pop song from this album."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"For me, this is Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly: This record plays like a movie. It carries you along and tells a vivid story. It has a massive vibe and great sounds."

 

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

"Sigur Ros / (). When I’m feeling a bit down I pour whiskey and turn this record on. It has the strange ability to hold you in a dark and warm cradle. It’s comforting."

 

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

"Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell II. I think most people laugh off Meat Loaf, but this record has some real tunes. Most people know “I would do anything for love”, and it is ridiculous at some level. I don’t tend to enjoy theatrical music, but I absolutely love this album. Plus, he’s a great actor."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Nirvana's Nevermind: This record is obviously a pinnacle for the grunge movement. It also has one of the most iconic covers ever. When I was younger I thought it was pretty out there. As an adult, I see it as a poignant statement about human nature."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago. I think Bon Iver set the tone for a decade with this record. The title is as mournful as it is fond, same as the songs feel. It feels careful in a good way."

 

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

"The Beatles' The White Album: I get a lot of s**t from my friends about my lack of passion for The Beatles. It seems like everyone puts this album on a pedestal and I just don’t get it. I like a few of the songs, but to think of it as “the perfect album” seems crazy to me."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Jungle's Forever: I’m a huge Jungle fan and was very excited to get their latest release on vinyl. I know they are especially picky about what they let their audience here, so it feels special to be able to hear it."

 

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

"The Weeknd. At this point, The Weeknd is in the stratosphere in terms of fame and expectation. It’s my impression that he always wants to be better than before, which is admirable and makes me excited to hear what’s next."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Jeff Buckley's Grace: I have a hard time talking about why I love this album so much, and this is an impossible question to answer in general. I think what he gave to the world was perfect. When I listen, I believe him. His songs are close to gospel for me." 

 

SYML's self-titled debut album is released in May. 

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