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Monumental Simplicity: Anna Von Hausswolff's Favourite Albums
John Freeman , December 8th, 2015 09:51

The Swedish musician talks to John Freeman about the 13 records that "opened doors" and helped create the blueprint for the mighty organ drone of her new album, The Miraculous, before she plays two UK shows

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Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
This is his album that opens with 'Wicked Game' and has an instrumental version of 'Wicked Game' at the end - and a lot of fantastic songs in between.

Is it the collection of his early hits?

Is it a greatest hits album? Really? Maybe that is why it is so great. I don't really know what to say about this choice. It is brilliant and all of the songs on the record are phenomenal. The instrumentation of that record is really good - it's a bit jazzy, but almost has an Ennio Morricone touch to it, while in some other places it has a surf rock feel.

I think Chris Isaak and Kim Larsen's voices have the same effect on me. They are very direct and touch my heart. I heard 'Wicked Game' first, like most people did, and I never get tired of that song. It doesn't matter whom I play it for and how many times I hear it, it is just perfect. I can listen to that song every day and not get tired of it. I have had this record since I was about 14 years old, so it has been with me for a long time. This album, together with Nico and Philip Glass, are the albums I have loved for the longest.

I have never seen him play live. I don't know anything about him. I am not very interested in who he is or what he does now. I have this album and it is great. Maybe he has tons of albums like this and I am missing them. I don't think so - I have a feeling this is his peak. At least he has a greatest hits album. How old is he? Is he still alive? He should do a duo with Kim Larsen.

Or Chris Isaak could do a duo with you.

Or we could do a trio! That would be amazing. But, we would need to unpolish Chris Isaak - I assume he has become very successful and feels the need to keep a polished image. Kim Larsen and I are going to take Chris Isaak, throw him to the ground and strip him of his polish.


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