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Inhabiting The Music: Charlotte Gainsbourg's Favourite Albums
Jeremy Allen , April 25th, 2018 07:45

Ahead of her appearance on The Quietus' stage at this year's Field Day Festival, Charlotte Gainsbourg takes Jeremy Allen through her favourite albums, from Portishead to Bach, Lou Reed to her dad


Lou Reed - Transformer
I think it's just one of the best albums. I heard that he wasn't a nice person in real life. It doesn't make sense! That thing that horrific people can be brilliant artists is something that you don't want to hear. So anyway, this album I discovered quite late. I was already 36 and I was recording with Nigel Godrich on the Air album [Talkie Walkie] and I knew the songs from Transformer but I didn't know they were all from the same album. It was one of those things where you have a revelation just of the genius of one record. Also being a short album, every song is a treasure - a diamond! It's so, I dunno, it's the one of the most beautiful albums.

I'm not very good talking musically. With Sebastian at the start I had to have images to discuss what I wanted. It was a way to give the right adjectives to describe the mood I wanted. I wish I could be more technical. I'd love to be more technical. It's like with films - I still don't know how to read a script, I just respond in a very spontaneous way. With music it's the same thing - I don't know why a song strikes me. I don't know why I respond or don't respond well to something. It's just instinct. I wish I could be more specific about Transformer because I'm sure there's more to say.