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Screaming The Street Down: Niven Govinden's Favourite LPs
Paul Flynn , March 24th, 2021 08:28

It's all bangers as writer Niven Govinden speaks to Paul Flynn about favourite records from Pet Shop Boys, Aretha, Solange, Madonna, Daft Punk and much more in this week's Baker's Dozen. Photo by Dan Lepard


Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
When this came record out, I’d just started writing Diary Of A Film. It really tapped into my mindset. It felt quite wintery. It was my walking around Europe record. So, it was the record that followed the book. I don’t write with music on but when I’m not writing there are two or three records which I end up gravitating towards and I can trace the writing process through. They really chime with what I’m doing. For Diary Of A Film there was this and some synth-y, ambient stuff like Billie Ray Martin’s Four Ambient Tales. Rest is quintessentially a Parisian record but it’s punky and melancholy, too. It’s really quite sad because a lot of it is about her sister dying – it’s her working through that grief. A lot of how I write isn’t about planning. I’m from that Philip Roth school where one sentence follows another, constantly forming. Sometimes, what people do will come as a surprise to me. That generates its own momentum. This record will remind me of that particular time forever.