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Only Heaven: Franz Treichler Of The Young Gods' Favourite Albums
John Mullen , January 16th, 2014 10:29

The Swiss industrial trio's frontman gives John Mullen a whistle-stop tour of his favourite 13 records


PJ Harvey - White Chalk
Not the most celebrated of PJ Harvey albums?

A lot of people thought White Chalk was a transitional album. But with PJ Harvey you have to consider the whole as a body of work. To do this album, at this time in her career, was a very bold move, because she moved more into introversion, away from the commercial stuff. She could've continued with her rocky stuff, but this was something she had to do. This showed so much courage.

This is an album dealing with dark, folk music themes – it is a little reminiscent of the kind of music you created when you covered Brecht and Weill…

Well, Kurt Weill is not folk, but he has the same darkness. For me, this was the beginning of pop music, when he worked with Bertholt Brecht on The Threepenny Opera. It was a bit avant-garde, but it wasn't bel canto ["fine song"].It was using people from the street, singing about hookers and murderers and thieves. It was political but with a twisted kind of presentation, with dissonance – 'you think everything is shiny, but it's not'.