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Baker's Dozen

Found Songs: Ólafur Arnalds' Favourite Albums
Wyndham Wallace , March 11th, 2013 12:56

The Icelandic neo-classical composer and producer takes a break from producing his cinematic soundscapes to pick out his 13 favourite records, ahead of his set at the Barbican tonight

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I hate it when people have all these expectations about what I listen to, that I must be a really sad person because I make really sad music. I’m actually a huge pop fan. I would even say that his second record is even more of a favourite than this one, but this record was more important to me, and to the pop world. It was just good pop. When it came out, there wasn’t any good pop. It was really crappy pop at that time, and then he made the record and we had good pop for three years, and now we have bad pop again. I could have also put Michael Jackson in here, and Prince, but to me personally the Justin stuff has always been more important. I heard ‘Senorita’ in a club the other day. It was great! Have I heard the new stuff? I really like the first single, ‘Suit & Tie’. The second single, I loved how it was one of these two part songs, where he has a song and then a three minute outro which is kind of a different song. I loved the outro, but the song I was not too much into. But it’s not a bad pop song. Still better than most of the stuff out there at the moment. I’ll tell you what, though: the new Destiny’s Child single is one of the best pop songs in years.

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Mar 11, 2013 1:18pm

Love this feature. This might not be the place for it but I would really love to see an Autechre’s Baker’s Dozen. We’ll see!

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The Whip Hand
Mar 11, 2013 4:25pm

I made it to Justin Beiber and almost clicked away... Then I got to the vile Death Cab (apologies to Viv Stanshall RIP), commented, and fled in fucking horror. Worst Baker's Dozen ever this side of Butch Vig.

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Mar 11, 2013 10:50pm

In reply to The Whip Hand:

You stopped at Death Cab? What if his remaining choices were the greatest albums ever made (per your opinion)?

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Mar 11, 2013 10:55pm

My question is, what does neo-classical mean? I'm sure, Mr. Wallace, that you did not create this term - seems an odd genre, if we can even call it that.

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John Doran
Mar 12, 2013 12:01am

In reply to Apop:

Shame you didn't bother Googling the term Neoclassical music before posting your comment really.

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Mar 12, 2013 3:14am

In reply to John Doran:

John, I know 'neoclassical' very-- if not extremely-- well. Some of it is great; lots isn't; lukewarm Satie via Part that usually doesn't even know Mompou. I don't "buy" the "pop moment" b.s. for a minute (re: Bieber) and have always found eveyrthing about Death Cab loathsome... In a world of infinite choices, that's enough for me dismiss Olafur outright...

Though I'd love it if you could nail down Bill Wells for one of these, or either of the Stars of the Lid dudes. Brian McBride of SOTL is co-leader of the new album by the extremely Dennis Wilson-damaged Los Angeles band Bell Gardens... I think ya'll would likely enjoy it (it certainly has more to offer on all levels than the new MbB social contract album).


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Mar 12, 2013 3:57am

A boring selection by a bland musician. Olafur's music is perhaps best defined as 'pop' classical, in the same bracket as things like Il Divo and Andrea Bocelli.

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Mar 12, 2013 4:54pm

In reply to John Doran:

I did research it, my man, indeed i did.

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Mar 12, 2013 8:33pm

In reply to Enkeling:

You really can't have seen this feature much if you think Autechre might not be suitable for it!!!

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Mar 13, 2013 3:36am

So cool he has Mew on there the best album of 2011. Saved the list

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Mar 13, 2013 11:26pm

I enjoyed the fact that this list stumbled in and out of "bad taste". Some interesting choices.
It's more annoying when someone presents a list that looks like "Rolling Stone's 13 Greatest Records Ever Made" and consists entirely of stuff you sold back to the shop when you were 17.

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Mar 14, 2013 3:36am

can this douche be more dull? i'm running out of albums?!

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