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Baker's Dozen

Angel On My Shoulder: Serafina Steer’s Baker’s Dozen
Stephanie Phillips , January 26th, 2022 14:38

From a song so good she almost forgot her shopping, to the iconoclastic brilliance of Alice Coltrane, Bas Jan’s Serafina Steer guides Stephanie Phillips through thirteen songs and albums that have inspired her


The Flying Lizards – ‘Hands 2 Take’

This is the one I was listening to that made me forget my shopping on Kilburn High Road. I do think The Flying Lizards have been influential on me. I do love the more kind of collagey, sound art, pop instrumental, no-word pieces. I think the way they put records together is inspiring because you have three minutes of loopy sound art and then a massive pop song. It’s in a particular ilk, not like ‘pop’ pop, but then I enjoy that playfulness or freedom. Also, the fact that it's a moving, changing line-up of different people kind of represents a scene or time in London and art pop music where you could quite genuinely be an experimental serious musician working in the more popular side of things.

It's got bass clarinet on it and it just sounds fucking cool. I just find that it's really tautly put together and then you've got that really beautiful bass from the bass clarinet. I really like the way she sings, and I like what she's singing. It feels like someone's going, “COME ON! IT’S YOURS, TAKE IT, DO IT”. It's a bit frightening, but also really sexy and great.