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Zoning Out: Meemo Comma's Favourite Albums
Manu Ekanayake , November 6th, 2019 14:33

From Pan Daijing and Destiny's Child to Kate Bush and Venetian Snares, Lara Rix-Martin, AKA Meemo Comma, discusses 13 of her favourite albums, as well as her new album on Planet Mu, 'Sleepmoss'


Fleetwood Mac - Tango In The Night
So I was going to go for Rumours, only just so I could say the joke 'Rumours? No, it's all true'. But I thought, 'No Lara, you can't live your life by constant jokes...' So it reminds me of my maternal grandmother, because she had a really weird divorce. She ran off with a much younger Iranian man and took my mum with her and everything. So it reminds me of my grandparents, because they used to take a lot of drugs and were kind of terrible to each other, like Fleetwood Mac, but they somehow still loved each other. So they had this weird relationship where they weren't with each other, each of them was with partners who were at least 15 years younger than them. So I grew up thinking that was perfectly normal. Which is funny as my parents have been together forever and they're still so happy - they're really good friends and are both still very playful with each other in a good way. But my grandparents were like these dramatic adults, both very beautiful, but with people who were just way, way too young! I mean what’s going on there?

But Tango in the Night is a beautiful album and it very much paved the way for me personally to make music as Heterotic. Because when I started making music I was a bit confused as to what I wanted to do. And I listened to a lot of Fleetwood Mac when I was 18 and my parents loved it too. But it was really quite interesting in the way that they made music because it wasn't just a rock album. There's definitely a lot of weird electronic machinery going on under there: a four track sampler? I don't know… That's the kind of thing that Mike would know about. But I sort of don't know and I definitely don't care. It doesn't alter my enjoyment of it. The use of vocals is really interesting too. In terms of emotions involved though, I will probably always return to Rumours.

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