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All In It: British Sea Power's Scott Wilkinson On His Favourite LPs
Richard Foster , March 29th, 2017 09:14

Ahead of British Sea Power's soundtracking of Polish animation at the Barbican as part of Kinoteka Film Festival and the release of new album Let The Dancers Inherit The Party, vocalist Scott Wilkinson guides Richard Foster through his favourite albums, from War Of The Worlds to Mighty Sparrow, Pavement and more. Photo by Mayumi Hirata


Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted & Wowee Zowee
I think Slanted… is now regarded as a very important record. I saw somewhere, in NME or something like that, that it came really high up in a list of influential records. Which is really weird in a way because when I first liked them no-one knew who they were! [Laughs]. One person at university, James Parry, became my best friend and an influential one too, because of Pavement. I had a Pavement t-shirt on and he came up to me and asked, "do you like Pavement?" And I said yeah. And we became best friends. No-one else liked them at first. It takes a bit of time to get into them I suppose. It's not like they excel at anything musically. It's not obvious music either. I like the ragtag nature of it all, it's raw, and I think they are genuinely lo-fi. And I think they can be genuinely poetic without being all flouncy and that. I've only seen them at Reading festival and no-one paid them any attention.