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Finding The Connection: Laetitia Sadier's Favourite Albums
Ben Graham , August 9th, 2017 08:04

Laetitia Sadier takes Ben Graham on a transformative journey via the power of music, with 13 records from Manchester to Rio De Janeiro, Toulouse to Chicago and beyond


Juana Molina- Halo
I discovered this album quite recently and it transported me very much. I've had times in my life where I've wanted to go in a more electronic direction, and I find her work very inspiring because it's mostly electronic work, which she does a lot of on her own in terms of production and such, and at the same time it sounds very organic and connected to the earth. Not everybody can do that; to do electronics and make it sound like the earth. It's an art form. I just think it's perfect. The songs are incredibly creatively arranged and written; it's all there. It all seems very effortless even though I'm sure it's taken her a lot of work to get it that perfect. But it's seamless and you're transported from one song to the next. Some of the transitions are just so inspired; it's inspired and it's inspiring.

It's rooted, and that gives it a sort of spiritual value which is lacking, and which we're losing. We live in a system that will seek to cut us off from our roots and cut us off from our connection with the universe. And that's our sense of direction, like the birds: they know when to migrate. They have this connection to the universe and that tells them, they have this sense that comes from the earth up, and we are losing this. But it's present in her album, this connection, in a very vivid way. And of course it's nourishing because it's pointing in that direction: this is where we connect to the earth, to our past, to our ancestors who knew so much. In the past 50 years we've unlearned so much. Our great-grandparents probably knew a lot about the land, where things come from and the cycles, and these are very important things so you aren't disoriented in this world. You have a sense of how things work in the natural world. There was probably less disorientation then than now, in terms of people consuming fewer antidepressants and things like that. Juana has this quality of being able to connect to ancestors and a whole knowledge that's been there for thousands of years and we're now cutting ourselves off from. I wouldn't blame it on the technology itself, but more on how it's being used, and to what ends. It's technology in the service of a system that will seek to disconnect, so we consume more and think less, creating desires for objects that we don't really need, and narcissism, and developing aspects of human traits that should really be kept in check.

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