Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

10. PortisheadThird

The whole trip-hop thing. It wasn’t until I heard this that I started listening to those kind of records to see what the whole thing was. I still don’t get it really. I like the other stuff but for me, Third, is such a great record because it’s a mixture of genres and it’s really detailed music. I think it was about ten years between the last record and this one, it was a long period of time, and it’s like they really painstakingly went over every sound that was going to go on the album.

Her voice, Beth Gibbons, is just amazing. I think it’s one of my favourite voices. It’s just so engaged. She could read a shopping list and it would sound emotive. And over the experimental music that they create, and the really heavy guitar work, the little harp elements, really quaint and quiet stuff then really heavy stuff.

I love tracks like ‘The Rip’ and ‘Threads’. And ‘Machine Gun’, which goes from the quietest to the loudest sounds and still works really well. It’s a great record. If I could make anything, I would try and make that record. If I could try anything I would say that would be something I would probably want to make over all the others. They’re a great British band.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: James Fry, Simeon Coxe
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