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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"


Joni Mitchell – The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
My favourite album cover of all time! Heijira and Hissing Of Summer Lawns were the first two LPs I (unofficially) inherited from parents when they were reorganising their record collection. Blue and Ladies Of The Canyon came way later for me. I loved Jaco-period Joni, plus my dad played a fretless bass so Heijira and Don Juan's Reckless Daughter were 100 per cent his speed. I don't think we even owned any earlier-period Joni. Anyway, when I think about these two albums, Heijira feels light and ethereal and Hissing… very corporeal and turbulent, more human. I can only really listen to these records on vinyl; they sound like they're at half-mast otherwise. Sonically, Hissing… gets pretty daring at times, especially considering Court And Spark was the preceding studio album. She really took a leap with this one. 'The Jungle Line' is unbelievable; I wouldn't be shocked to hear a song like this on any Björk record tomorrow! 'Shadows And Light' sounds like a beautiful, futuristic spiritual. Even the more conventional tracks seem off kilter, at least melodically, like she's not as concerned in resolving everything for our sake. Hissing… is the first in a string of interesting, bold records for Joni.