The Fix List: Bamboo
Bamboo, the project formed from Rachel Horwood’s (of Trash Kit, Halo Halo) love of synths and Nick Carlisle’s (of Peepholes, Don't Argue) love of folk, have shared some of their favourite music. With such a wide and descriptive take on their passion, the only possible linking theme is a love of music, a love that can be heard in their own new album, The Dragon Flies Away.
Squeakeasy - 'H​.​R'
Rachel: ‘Tutti Banana’ by Squeakeasy is probably one of my favourite albums to come out this year. It makes me feel like I'm a kid again waking up really early in the morning to play computer games, feeling excited about everything.
Bas Jan - 'Sat Nav'
Rachel: I love Bas Jan so much and this song is such a tune! I'm standing in on drums for two of their gigs, it’s been so great to get to play this and their other awesome songs with them.
Joe Hisaishi - 'Spirited Away - The Dragon Boy / The Bottomless Pit'
Rachel: I love Studio Ghibli films: they are definitely a big source of inspiration to me. I was really obsessed with the ‘Spirited Away’ soundtrack when I was 15/16, and when I was doing the Illustrations for ‘The Dragon Flies Away’ I definitely had the dragon from the film in my head.
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - 'Disco'
Rachel: Geinoh Yamashirogumi is one of my favourite musical ensembles to listen to at the moment, each album is pretty different as they create huge and atmospheric sounds. The soundtrack they created for ‘Akira’ is amazing but I chose this track from ‘Gaia’ because I like how it changes mood a bit unexpectedly.
Kara-lis Coverdale and LXV - 'Informant'
Rachel: I like to listen to this if I can't sleep.
Peter Hammill - ‘Faint Heart and the Sermon'
Nick: Peter Hammill recorded this at home on one of the first four tracks in 1973/74 so you could call him one of the first proponents of DIY music: in 1973 you have an Englishman railing in received pronunciation against his Jesuit upbringing, something you don't hear too much about in song these days. I love Peter Hammill and I go and see him solo or with his band Van Der Graaf Generator every time he plays London, which is still happily a fairly regular occurrence.
Klein - 'Marks of Worship'
Nick: OK so maybe there are still some people railing against their religious upbringing. This is such a powerful video and I love her arrangements that you can never quite focus on, they're always kind of in the corner of your eye.
Jon Anderson - 'Dance of Ranyart / Olias (Build the Moorglade)'
Nick: Similar to Peter Hammill, Jon Anderson recorded this by himself in about 1975, overdubbing all the instruments. It's another totally homespun fairy tale epic: part Jodorowsky/Moebius, part Studio Ghibli. It's a similar acoustic/organic-meets-synthetic mix to what Bamboo do and so is probably some kind of ingrained influence somewhere along the line. I did a touristy visit to a volcano the other week and walked around the bottom of the caldera surrounded by yellow sulphur crystals and hot springs and the whole experience was twice so with Jon's singing in my melting headphones.
A. G. Cook - ‘Keri Baby’
Nick: Hannah Diamond sings on this and it has the best bass riff ever so what more could you want?
Julia Holter - 'How Long?'
Nick: ‘Have You In My Wilderness’ was one of my favourite albums of last year and I really love this track, especially the lyric and the line "Do you know the proper way to ask for a cigarette?", which is drawn out in such a way as to make you feel that the question is being asked by someone trying their best to pass as a human.