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Baker's Dozen

The Passions: Owen Pallett's Favourite Albums
Luke Turner , May 29th, 2014 09:25

Owen Pallett's new album helpfully gives us the title for our latest Baker's Dozen, as he talks Luke Turner through selections including Tori Amos, Throbbing Gristle, Jean Luc Ponty, Dean Blunt, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Total Freedom and Diamanda Galas


Dean Blunt - The Redeemer
He has this crazy approach to record-making that reminds me of early Smog, and it's remarkable to me. There's something really special about that period when Bill Callahan really didn't give a shit and was piecing it all together, trying to figure it out, and I feel like I'm getting a similar sense of humour from Dean Blunt's stuff. Those records were like a massage, they made me really relax about stuff and stop worrying about trying to make things perfect, just go with whatever vocal take. Shortly after I moved to Montreal, this girl Sarah Krug, who I met by virtue of her being my next door neighbour, at the time was dating d'Eon, the harpsichord player who did that split with Grimes. At the time I was hanging out with the two of them and she at one point was like "you have to listen to this record" and gave me a copy of The Redeemer and it completely destroyed me. It was making me relax about things, not be so fussy. I hope I took that to the new record, though It's hard to make me completely unfussy - I'm always going to be fussy, but hopefully in the future I'll lose all of my exoskeleton and completely relax.