Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

4. OmPilgrimage

I’m not a very religious guy but I suppose if I were I might like the Om cover. It’s ok. I love the record though, it’s really excellent. I’ve no idea when I first encountered it. I think I might have heard it before I heard Sleep. It’s got a very cool atmosphere. I enjoy listening to atmospheres as much as songs when it comes to albums and I think this one is hard to beat for that. You can put it on whenever you want and it’s always going to sound great coming out of your stereo. I listen to it a lot, especially when I’m at home.

As a sideline when talking about record sleeves I really hate and completely ruined the album for me, it’s not the Om sleeve. It’s the sleeve of their previous band Sleep. Jerusalem or Dopesmoker – that’s one of my favourite albums of all time but it’s also one of my least favourite record sleeves. There’s a lot of smoking weed involved and I guess that’s something that I think is kind of lame in album artwork. There’s just something kind of cliched about it. There’s one of an astronaut hot-boxing his spacesuit which is very tasteful.

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