Having spent the last few years turning more and more heads with a string of single releases, avant-pop quartet Clock Opera are readying themselves for the release of their debut album, ‘Ways To Forget’, on 9 Apr via Island/Moshi Moshi. They are also due to play a one-off show at East London’s Victorian Vaults on 8 Mar, followed by a full UK tour beginning in April.
Ahead of all that, we sat down with bandleader Guy Connelly and asked him to tell us about ten of his favourite songs. Here’s what Guy had to say about his choices: “I’ll warn you now, I’m a deliberately late adopter, partly as a consequence of largely filling my time listening to my own music, but also to avoid the chaff. I do miss out on being the first to talk about most new music, and my cutting edge cool factor maybe low as a result, but that’s OK. At least I can be fairly sure that little of this is over-hyped tosh”.
01 Active Child – You Are All I See
Stunning voice, my favourite track from his album.
02 Jagwar-Ma – Come Save Me
Amazing first release from a brand new label called The Blue Rider. I love the way the song ends in a totally different sound to the beginning.
03 The Walker Brothers – The Electrician
Scott Walker is the grandmaster. One of few artists whose work I love throughout their life. Kills me and kills me and kills me.
04 Moderat – A New Error
We play this pretty much every time we DJ. Generates rare emotion in me for an electronic instrumental track.
05 Mozart Parties – Where Has Everybody Gone?
Ideas and production are nothing without brilliant melody, which Mozart Parties seem to have in everything I’ve heard so far. I really love the chorus in particular.
06 Steve Reich – Dance Patterns
His influence is increasingly frequent it seems (bumped into a whole lot of musician friends at his recent Albert Hall show). There’s a strong link between the way he generates his music and we ours, and he can’t fail to get a mention.
07 Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – My Cloud
Late-adopter factor is high here: I’ve only just realised quite what an incredible record this is. I’m convinced it’s a modern day ‘Screamadelica’.
08 Elliot Smith – Everything Means Nothing To Me
One of my favourite ever repetitions in song. Massively missed.
09 Stevie Wonder – All Day Sucker
Fair amount of gibberish in the words, but the funk is unbridled.
10 Brian Eno – Drift
Listen and float.