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Lay Of Her Land: Brix Smith Start's Favourite Albums
Julian Marszalek , December 15th, 2016 11:19

As she prepares to release a debut album with her band of former Fall troopers, Brix Smith Start takes Julian Marszalek through some of the records that have shaped her life


Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
When I was in high school this was on the radio all of the time and there was something about Stevie Nicks - some fabulous, magnetic white witchery, and there's a lot of California feeling in this. And the harmonies and the songs! There's 'Dreams' and 'The Chain' and so much endless, great stuff. And Christine McVie is amazing, too, and there are two women in this band. And Lindsay Buckingham's guitar playing is extraordinary. And the blend of his voice with theirs is just extraordinary. Every time I hear this it makes me so happy.

It's kind of a deceptive album in that it somehow takes the pain of what the band was going through and turns it into this form of art the same way that David Bowie just did with Blackstar and that's the most brilliant way to do it. That's transmutation and that's magic in itself. So there's all this subtext going on but it completely transmutes into something else and it fills you with joy. It takes something negative and turns it into something positive. So I think this is quite magic.