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Something Searing: Yannis Philippakis Of Foals' Favourite Albums
Lisa Lavery , August 26th, 2015 09:56

Before the release of new album What Went Down, the Foals frontman gives Lisa Lavery his top 13 LPs, all records united by "people's voices that connect directly", moving through Arthur Russell, Pixies and Howlin' Wolf


TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
I think it's one of my favourite records of the last 20 years. I hadn't really listened to them that much and we were going to work with Dave Sitek. While on our way to NY to record with him in 2008, I thought, "I should probably give them a proper listen". It slowly unveiled its power - it's very dense and like nothing else I've ever really heard. I think it's very unique in the way it was made and it feels like it's a distillation of those characters at that time in NY. The lyrics are incredible, I like that it's political - it's not blatant, there's no sloganeering, but it is politically charged. There's no lead track: the way that it's sequenced is off-kilter but in its way makes sense. It's just great.