the song that: syd arthur

Syd Arthur brought a ray of sunshine into 2016 with their album Apricity, a glorious collection of intricate psychedelic jazz-fused pop. We managed to grab a moment out of their busy schedule to ask them all about the songs that…

Got me into music… 

Michael Jacksons track Billy Jean, especially that Motown 25 performance where he does the Moonwalk in a hyped situation for the first time, damn! The whole place goes mental. Apparently he hated that performance and thought he messed up and didn’t do as well as he could have…Just goes to show you aren’t the best judge of your own work.

Reminds me of my favourite festival…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez9bXTY35eY

I Remember watching CSN at Glastonbury, it was such a real moment. It was the same year Neil Young played too, everyone was freaking out because of the obvious joining of forces, however it didn’t materialise on the same stage. Coincidentally that was also the same year MJ died. The news of which spread around Glasto like wildfire, people were mourning so hard. Every single stall was blasting out his music, hundreds of lanterns being sent off, there was a lot of love and appreciation, it was emotional!

 I love this year so far…

The sound Thomas Fec gets just freaks me out! It’s so retro and fuzzy but super punchy. The feel of the drums are insane, it’s really wonky but powerful, I can’t work it out, which is why I love it. Big fan of this guy and also his previous band ‘Black Moth Super Rainbow

I want played at my funeral…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5U9577N-dQ

Ok well it might be too long for everyone to sit it out during the service, sure its not as bad as laying the Ring Cycle on people (which I would NEVER do), but I guess it’s my funeral so whatever. It’s just one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written! It has a fundamental natural quality to it that sound like waves or the cycles of life, shifting sands, old and new.

I would play in a set to impress…

Ola Kvernberg Mechanical Fair (Todd Terje Remix). Been a fan of Ola’s violin playing for sometime now, he really is phenomenal and his new record is amazing. Was really interested to see such a heavyweight collaboration, this edition came out on Olsen’s label which is ace.

Always gets me up and dancing…

I think Richard D James is one of the people of our generation who will be talked about in hundreds of years. His bittersweet playfulness in his music, the way he offsets crazy acid sequences with prepared piano on consecutive tracks. He’s just got an incredible amount of soul coming out in his music, as well as being batshit crazy.

Sums me up…