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In Pursuit Of Restless Beauty: Max Richter's 13 Favourite LPs
Ed Power , July 26th, 2017 11:39

With the release of his deep dive Behind The Counter compilation, composer Max Richter talks to Ed Power about the albums that shaped his musical philosophies and encouraged him to escape the humdrum of suburbia


Jlin – Dark Energy 
This I didn’t see coming. I think there had been an EP prior to the album but I wasn’t previously familiar with her work. It is completely singular, isn’t it? In way, it is the music of the laptop – yet it also has this political thread running through, with all the spoken word stuff. Incredibly personal – strikingly political. 

The social dimension of the record flows from its anarchistic streak. It has a big element of social critique which obviously ties in with the hollowing-out of industry – a dominant experience from that part of the States (Jlin is from the rust-belt city of Gary, Indiana). Good records transport you – you feel you’ve been on a journey. You are changed by it. Which is something this album does – it’s just a great journey. You are inside somebody else’s world. 

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