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Nothing But Heart: Alan Sparhawk of Low's Favourite Albums
Dale Berning Sawa , March 29th, 2012 07:13

Low and Retribution Gospel Choir play in the UK next week. In advance of a full interview on the Quietus next week, frontman Alan Sparhawk spoke to Dale Berning about his thirteen favourite albums


Neil Young, Harvest
I think we had the record when we were in college and the cover was so cool, that off-white paper. As a kid I had a bit of a thing for classic rock. The Beatles, The Doors – my dad had their self-titled album and I listened to that all the time, I should have written that one down too. Neil Young grew up in Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, which is basically north of us, just over the border in Canada. So between him and Bob Dylan, we live in the trench, the Arctic trench. There’s something about it that’s hard to explain. His language and his tone is that of middle America. If you grow up in the middle of the country in the north, you can’t help it – at the end of the day, no matter what weird music you think you’re listening to, that sound is like this thing that you can’t get out of your blood.