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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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It’s their kind of breakthrough record. They did a couple of EPs before it, maybe one record before, and then this. It’s a great pop record. Really good lyrics. I think I was 18 when it came out, so it was very good for my teenage years. There’s a lot of heartbreak. It was my life soundtrack for a really long time. It followed me around. Most of the records from that time of my life don’t resonate with me these days, but this one still does. I think it’s because this one’s better. I can’t really listen to Jimmy Eat World at the moment! But this one lasts.

When I first heard it I was touring the UK with my hardcore punk band. I had a Minidisc player, and the singer had this album on a Minidisc. That’s so retro! It became the soundtrack to all these countless hours in the tour van driving around the English countryside and European highways. That’s always been the memories I associate with this record: just sitting in a van!


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Enkeling
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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Apop
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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Apop
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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Lanark
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).

Best,

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clunge
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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Apop
Mar 12, 2013 4:54pm

In reply to John Doran:

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

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danielDB
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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Auteur55
Mar 13, 2013 3:36am

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

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Spacious
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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keller
Mar 14, 2013 3:36am

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

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