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Baker's Dozen

Speaking Rhythms: Valentina Magaletti’s Baker’s Dozen
Jennifer Lucy Allan , March 31st, 2021 09:57

Prolific drummer and collaborator Valentina Magaletti marks the release of Tomaga's finest album by telling Jennifer Lucy Allan about her favourite 13 albums, from The Cure to Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Can to Deerhoof, This Heat and the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Photo by Adele di Nunzio


The Cure – Faith
This was one of the first bands I got into as a teenager and one of the first gigs I ever saw, which makes me feel old! I think I saw them during the Prayer tour which was in '89. I was 11 or 12, it was in Southern Italy, and I had to go with my dad because I couldn’t go on my own. You'll never forget your first gig, never forget how overwhelming that experience is. It was a very compelling show, three hours, fantastic. If I’m not mistaken, they ended that gig with the song ‘Faith’, and it was my baptism to music fanaticism. They really struck me – the simplicity, minimalism, and the recording technique, around that time when they recorded Faith. They had Lol Tolhurst on drums, and he's never been a drummer, he’s very basic but so intuitive, and so on the money as far as I’m concerned. I remember googling so many times the mics they recorded with, the drums they used, the studio they went to, because I wanted to have the same sound.