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Baker's Dozen

The Old Country: Steve Von Till’s Baker’s Dozen
John Doran , December 16th, 2020 10:06

The long-serving Neurosis guitarist and singer shares his deep dive favourites; 13 albums which have shaped the way he looks at music and informed his writing and solo work as Harvestman and Steve Von Till


Cluster & Eno - Cluster & Eno
I had already been down the Brian Eno rabbit hole in my mid-twenties via his ambient records, when I bought this on CD in the mid-90s because it looked interesting and because I already knew some Cluster as well. On one of my trips to England actually I'd gone to some bookstores and bought a couple of Brian Eno books, and so I'd read quite a lot about what he was interested in, and I started learning about Conny Plank's studio and that helped me make the krautrock connection, so this album brought it all home to me. I play it frequently, especially while travelling. I like the very sublime harmonies; the way that certain harmonics will jump out of the music so even when you have it at a low almost sub-listening volume, these things will jump out, these little gems, these little crystalline moments of joy that pop in and out of it. l like how hypnotic it is, I like the tones, I like the sound, I like the pace. It's very soothing for me.