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Where I'm Coming From: Visionist's 13 Favourite Albums
Kashif Sharma-Patel , June 16th, 2021 08:08

From a love for choral music inspired by his grandmother, to discovering Steve Reich at school, setting up a label just to release SD Laika and seeing Cocteau Twins on Top Of The Pops 2, Visionist picks the thirteen albums that made him the artist he is today


Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms

I have recently become obsessed with this album. I came across it a couple of years ago. Then I saw one of their tracks was used on Top Boy meaning I must have experienced it, but I wasn’t conscious of them at the time. I connect with the record on a few levels: the classical element, the vocal manipulation, the poetry of the lyric. You could even say it is similar to the work of Nitin Sawhney. Within the album there’s a song of silence. I don’t know why, but I just like things like that. I played on that with my album’s first track where I put you in 30 seconds of silence. It works on the fact that I know as a musician I offer escapism. But sometimes as society I feel we are too escapist, sometimes we need to face what is in front of us more. I work from home most of the time–isolated–so when I step outside, I want to see what is going on in the world. So when I was travelling I wouldn’t put headphones on, I would just leave my ears open to whatever I hear and experience, and have to accept that, whether it’s good or bad. I wanted to be part of the world. So that is what I did with that track. I took you into my world and threw you back to your own thoughts and your reality through the silence. I really liked that playfulness and juxtaposition from this album. I don’t know their explicit intention but I liked it nonetheless.