Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

When this came record out, I’d just started writing Diary Of A Film. It really tapped into my mindset. It felt quite wintery. It was my walking around Europe record. So, it was the record that followed the book. I don’t write with music on but when I’m not writing there are two or three records which I end up gravitating towards and I can trace the writing process through. They really chime with what I’m doing. For Diary Of A Film there was this and some synth-y, ambient stuff like Billie Ray Martin’s Four Ambient Tales. Rest is quintessentially a Parisian record but it’s punky and melancholy, too. It’s really quite sad because a lot of it is about her sister dying – it’s her working through that grief. A lot of how I write isn’t about planning. I’m from that Philip Roth school where one sentence follows another, constantly forming. Sometimes, what people do will come as a surprise to me. That generates its own momentum. This record will remind me of that particular time forever.

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