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Proper Stories: Emilíana Torrini's Favourite Albums
Tom Hughes , August 29th, 2013 07:38

Ahead of the release of her sixth album Tookah next month, the Icelandic singer-songwriter scours her record collection (mentally) to pick her top LPs


Gustavo Santaolalla - Babel soundtrack
I think this record is phenomenal. I'd never even heard of Santaolalla before. I don't even remember the movie, I was just listening to the music. It's so stunning. There's something about it, when you put it on your headphones, you just start flying! Suddenly you're a bird, flying over this desolate landscape, over barren ground. That's what I experience when I listen to this music, it's a trip.

I love the old Sufi poets Hafez and Rumi - poets who would spin and spin and spin around for hours and hours to reach a state of bliss, to be closer to God - and this is the perfect soundtrack for reading their work. It's beautiful.