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In Pursuit Of Restless Beauty: Max Richter's 13 Favourite LPs
Ed Power , July 26th, 2017 11:39

With the release of his deep dive Behind The Counter compilation, composer Max Richter talks to Ed Power about the albums that shaped his musical philosophies and encouraged him to escape the humdrum of suburbia

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Boards Of Canada – Music Has The Right To Children 
A fascinating puzzle of a record. It came out of nowhere. It remember talking to friends about it. Everyone was puzzled and charmed. What is this? Isn’t it great? You feel with this record you’ve been given a present –  this sort of fuzzy, nostalgic, slightly mysterious, maybe a bit odd. You almost feel you’ve connected with something from your own past, even though it’s a fictitious, imagined past. There is something really special about the atmosphere. It is so beautifully made, so well constructed. It plays with its memory of itself as it’s going along. You get references across the record, re-contextualisations.  

A fantastically subtle piece of work. It came out on Warp at the height of what was a golden age for that label. What year was it… 98? It feels like 78 in a way. It’s a spectacular piece of work. Technically, it’s obviously great and very clever. And also an act of imagination. It evokes this fictitious past none of us have had – and makes it feel really authentic. 


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