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Baker's Dozen

Sleeper Hits: Weyes Blood’s Baker’s Dozen
Alex Rigotti , November 23rd, 2022 10:04

Weyes Blood speaks to Alex Rigotti about the thirteen albums that influenced her the most, from Robert Wyatt and Syd Barrett to Ween and XTC


Joni Mitchell – Hejira

My mom would play it when I was a kid, but I didn't get it, really. Like, I knew about it, I loved the songs on it, but it was as an adult that I realised how good of a songwriter Joni Mitchell was. I always associated it with my mother's music. But now, Hejira is so peaceful. It's one of the more lowkey albums – there's not a lot of drums and production on it. If you ever want to go to a meditative headspace, that is the record for sure. As an adult I think I just wanted to see what it was all about. I was like, this is the music of my childhood, I wonder if it still resonates. It just ended up resonating even more. You know, I could see the parallels; she writes about what it's like trying to date when you're a really powerful woman. I think I could for sure relate, but I don't necessarily relate to mainstream success. It's my favourite Joni Mitchell album because I get to own it, because it's a sleeper hit. It’s very mellow, lowkey, meditative and different.