Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

9. TV On The RadioReturn To Cookie Mountain

I think it’s one of my favourite records of the last 20 years. I hadn’t really listened to them that much and we were going to work with Dave Sitek. While on our way to NY to record with him in 2008, I thought, "I should probably give them a proper listen". It slowly unveiled its power – it’s very dense and like nothing else I’ve ever really heard. I think it’s very unique in the way it was made and it feels like it’s a distillation of those characters at that time in NY. The lyrics are incredible, I like that it’s political – it’s not blatant, there’s no sloganeering, but it is politically charged. There’s no lead track: the way that it’s sequenced is off-kilter but in its way makes sense. It’s just great.

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