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Overlapping Terrain: Richard Skelton's Favourite Music
Luke Turner , February 26th, 2020 09:18

Following the release of his new album LASTGLACIALMAXIMUM, the prolific Richard Skelton speaks to Luke Turner about the music that inspired his own work, from Thomas Tallis to Phuture, Nico to Sly & The Family Stone, The Stooges and Gorecki


Nico – 'No One Is There'
Nico's voice is incredibly singular – there's no great range to it, and it's strangely restrained and un-emotional, and yet I find it incredibly powerful. I loved the pieces that she sang on The Velvet Underground & Nico and I was delighted to discover that she’d made some solo albums. The Marble Index for me stands out in her work, and in particular 'No One Is There'. It seems to channel a kind of folk music through these incredibly modern electronic arrangements (again by John Cale). I don't think there's really been anything like it. I could happily listen to this song on repeat, and often do. It's incredible stuff.