Long-time residents at London-based label Moshi Moshi, folk-pop partnership Slow Club released ‘Paradise’, the successor to their 2009 debut ‘Yeah So’, earlier this month. A series of swoonsome spells interspersed with luscious, pastoral odes and unruly alt-rock numbers, the LP was produced by Luke Smith (Foals’ ‘Total Life Forever’) of now-defunct outfit Clor. As if to further boost the duo’s indie credo, much-lauded lead single ‘Two Cousins’ was covered by Malcolm Middleton and Aiden Moffat of Arab Strap. Well, I never.
Ahead of a live date tonight at Audio in Brighton, the duo’s Charles Watson agreed to outline the band’s favoured on-road listening fodder, a vintage/contemporary mixture born of constant shuffle button-pressing, with a Powers Of Ten Playlist.
He says, by way of an introduction: “Here’s some songs from bands we played loads in the van, in the studio, or who we saw on tour. I think our drive-time radio/iPod hopping has probably played a bigger role in shaping our new record more than any other single influence. We toured with lots of different kinds of people through strange wonderful places in the year leading up to making ‘Paradise’. Travel has given some records a new significance in our band. Other records are still not tolerated”.
CHARLES WATSON’S TEN
Click here to listen to Charles’ playlist in Spotify or listen via multiple sources on Tomahawk, and then read on to find out more about their selections.
01 Francois And The Atlas Mountains – Wonder
We met Francois a few years ago through the Fence Collective festivals. We both thought his gig at Homegame 2011 was the best we’ve ever seen. And he’s a totally amazing artist.
02 Shannon And The Clams – You Can Come Over
A three-piece from Oakland. Dylan Moran on drums.
03 Woods – Any Other Day
Bit more ballad-y than their earlier stuff. Like it.
04 Caribou – Kalli
05 Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
At high speed on the M1.
06 Nico – Fairest Of The Seasons
Jackson Brown! Amazing words. Amazing song.
07 Johnny Flynn – The Water
Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling singing together. One of the best albums of 2010, I think.
08 TV On The Radio – Crying
Good really loud.
09 Hot Club de Paris – White Town Express
Hot Club de Paris get better and better and better and better.
10 Talking Heads – Heaven (Live)
One those songs that feels instantly like it’s been living in your brain forever. I prefer this live recording to the studio version though.
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