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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


Julia Holter – Aviary

Julia Holter is a musician I really enjoy. The main thing about this album is the risk of it. I thought it was really brave to compose this overall piece coming off the back of an album that was all song-structured. I see albums as one compositional piece, one overriding story. She was really working between the lines. I just respect that bravery. As I move into song it’s really important that I begin to understand other forms of song. So I went out to see performances, and I saw her perform with the band. It was really interesting to see how they all interact as it’s quite different to being on a computer. It is important for me to step out of my own world constantly and learn. Her work is very fluid.

In my last album I collaborated more, added new ideas, and that fluidity sparked something different in my work. To do that alone regularly is incredibly hard, so I really enjoyed that experience. I used to want to just write music by myself, I didn’t like to collaborate that often. But I have found it really rewarding and exciting. It is definitely something I will take forward into new records. I feel collaboration doesn’t just happen in practice but also in conversation. I have people who I haven’t actually written music with, but the conversations that I have had have been a part of the work. I’ve learned that mutual appreciation and understanding is key to the success of the outcome.