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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


Cocteau Twins – Treasure

I discovered Treasure through a mutual record collector friend. I was around 19, and he was like, 'Oh, you’ve never listened to the Cocteau Twins?' I was like, 'Yeah, they’re a goth band.' It's so much more than that. And then he showed me the whole situation. I love Elizabeth Fraser, I think she's so amazing. I feel like she gave me confidence to not have to always make sense, because a lot of their lyrics are nonsense, but it doesn't take away from the emotional quality of the song. It just kind of cues more into your subconscious. So, yeah, I felt a kindred spirit with her in that way. I just think those records are so perfectly, uniquely spooky and feminine.

It soundtracks me moving a lot, living out of my car and being a struggling musician. I still admire it just as much, and it still inspires me to try to be more unique and distinctly my own thing. ‘Ivo’ is a gorgeous opener of a track, and ‘Amelia’ is the saddest, most radiant song of all time. They're both extra sad.