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Weird Still Spills: Stella Mozgawa Of Warpaint's Favourite Albums
The Quietus , September 7th, 2016 09:21

The Warpaint drummer and prolific collaborator goes from Pharoah Sanders to Joni Mitchell via Steely Dan, Chaka Khan and Primus in collecting her top 13 albums, choosing those that "had altered the course of my life"


Silver Apples – Silver Apples
I was 20 years old when I moved from Sydney to New York City and everything was painfully exciting. Shortly after arriving, I met a guy who'd just broken up with his long-term girlfriend (not exactly true) and we started seeing each other as I was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, naive little crumpet. I was pretty besotted, he would rip stacks of amazing records for me, totally opened my eyes to a load of Krautrock bands like Can, NEU! and Popol Vuh. This record was one of the many in the pile and was just so compelling – just the one record from these guys? Were they another band from Cologne? The cover was elementary, the music way more psychedelic, jammy and for lack of a better word, sounded like techno. In my mind, this is where it all began. The drumming wasn't as motorik as I had expected, it was spacious and meditative. They were just two oddballs from New York, it's 1968 and they were veritable pioneers. Kraftwerk before Kraftwerk. I still hear Danny Taylor's distinctive snare patterns in modern electronic music. I've stolen so much from him. One of the coolest bands of all time.