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Blissful Resonance: Brian DeGraw Of Gang Gang Dance's Favourite Albums
Tristan Bath , January 14th, 2014 06:16

With Brian DeGraw's debut solo album as bEEdEEgEE released last month, the Gang Gang Dance founder member speaks to Tristan Bath about thirteen of his favourite albums, from Scott Walker and Pharaoh Sanders to Burial and Public Enemy


Alice Coltrane - Turiya Sings

I'm almost hesitant to talk about this one for fear that I can't even come close to doing it justice. Its praises can't be sung high enough by my words alone. This is something far beyond music to me. when I listen to it I don't feel as if I'm listening to music, but rather I am listening further beyond the idea of music - accessing someone's soul so directly that it seems unfair to even call it "music". It's very difficult to explain, but it's as if the songs are just padding surrounding the spirit. I don't think I have ever heard a record that speaks in tongues like this one. It seems to have come from a place so deep that it transcends the physical body, to the degree where I have a really, really hard time imagining it being recorded. I can't picture it in my mind.

As often as the analogy of floating in clouds is used to describe music with ethereal qualities, I really can't describe it any other way. Every time I listen I float, suspended in fog that rolls over the mountaintops around my home. A truly sacred collection of sound.