So i’ve been compiling this for a while now, and whilst i should add that if i were to be totally honest about my listening habits right now the WHOLE mixtape would consist of STEELY DAN songs from between 1975-1980 with a DONALD FAGEN ‘ The Nightfly’ track thrown in. But that would simply be a compilation of my favourite tracks from my favourite band and that DOES NOT constitute a mix tape in the traditional sense.
Pretty much the first 2/3s is music from the 70s. That’s because, let’s all admit, it was the GOLDEN AGE for music. I wish i was there. A bunch of this stuff has been a big influence on FANFARLO whilst making the new record which will appear in Feb 2014. In fact we had a mantra which we chanted before heading into the studio everyday, “what would KING CRIMSON DO?”. However, it doesn’t sound anything like King Crimson which i’m sure most of you will be pleased to hear.
Anyway, moving on, There’s some old bands i used to listen to in my teens and early twenties when i was a make-up wearing goth that still grab me at this stage of my life. TYPE O NEGATIVE and WOLFSIEM are only two of them but i felt they deserved a place. In my opinion GENTLEMEN TAKE POLAROIDS by JAPAN is one of the best records ever recorded so there was no chance of those dudes being omitted. Later era TALK TALK is a band most of us in FANFARLO discovered quite recently around the time of making the new record and they inspired us a bunch. INHERITANCE (and the LP from which it’s from) is a truly awe inspiring piece of work in it’s purity and subtlety.
I kind of finished up with some quite intense ambient noise which is something i’ve been into since my teens. This offering from Icelandic resident BEN FROST from his 2010 KILLSHOT LP is simply staggering. Not everyones cup of tea i’m aware. But, y’know, take some downers, put some cans(big headphones) on your head and chill out and it’ll return you home from this SUPER SONIC JOUNEY, or alternatively it’ll send you somewhere from whence you’ll never return.