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Experimentalism Wrapped Around Pop: Barry Adamson's Favourite LPs
Julian Marszalek , April 19th, 2017 10:12

Post punk polymath Barry Adamson guides Julian Marszalek around his favourite albums, from Baker's Staples like Iggy Pop and can to the Wu-Tang Clan, Ornette Coleman and Micachu. Photo by Jone Reed


Micachu And The Shapes – Jewelery
This was during a period when I was in the studio a lot when I was working on films and all sorts of stuff and so I was pretty closed off to things. I was in Rough Trade one day and I heard 'Golden Phone' and I thought, this is fantastic! Because, again, it's that thing where it's really catchy but it's a little bit weird and a little bit broken and a little bit odd.

So I read a bit about her and I got the record and it was lying around for a bit so I thought, well, I suppose I'd better give this a listen, then. I was in the studio so I took a break and sat on the sofa at the back of the studio and put this record on and just sat back and listened to it. The idea of making a contemporary art record but using things that had gone on up to that date was great. There was like a punk sensitivity going on and also a cut-out art sensitivity too. There was a kind of brokenness about it as well a pain going on. And songs like 'Vulture' and 'Calculator' were sort of aspiring to be pop but they were still set in this art world.

So it was something that I started listening to, and then listening some more and then listening to a lot. And it made me open my mind again and I like it for that.