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This Music Made Me: Maxïmo Park

This Music Made Me: Maxïmo Park

Maxïmo
Park
(Photo:
Em
Cole)

Following
the
departure
of
keyboardist
Lukas
Wooller
and
the
addition
of
producer
Ben
Allen,
known
for
his
work
with

Animal
Collective

and

Deerhunter
,

Maxïmo
Park

return
with
seventh
album
Nature
Always
Wins. 

“It’s
the
reality
of
our
situation
on
earth,”
says
front
man
Paul
Smith
of
the
title.
“You
can’t
fight
against
nature,
whether
it’s
human
nature
or
the
environment…
Whatever
happens
is
down
to
the
nature
of
who
we
are.
When
you
give
birth
to
anything,
whether
it’s
a
child
or
an
album,
you
betray
who
you
are
in
that
process.”

Ahead
of
its
launch,
Smith
mined
his
music
memory
for
the
albums
that
have
influenced
him
most
for
Maxïmo
Park’s

This
Music
Made
Me

*

All
of
this
music
hit
me
hard
in
my
teenage
years,
and
helped
to
form
my
musical
worldview.
I
felt
bad
about
leaving
out
some
of
my
favourite
artists,
but
these
had
an
early
impact
on
me,
aside
from
more
obvious
things
like
The
Beatles,
who
I
loved
from
an
early
age
due
to
my
Mam’s
record
collection.
I
can’t
believe
I
didn’t
have
room
for
The
Go-Betweens
or
Prefab
Sprout!

*


George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice, Volume OneGeorge
Michael

Listen
Without
Prejudice,
Volume
1

I
love
pop
music,
and
George
Michael
had
a
truly
exceptional
soul-pop
voice,
as
well
as
writing
some
of
the
all-time
great
pop
songs,
too.

This
album
featured
a
lot
of
mournful
music,
but
it
was
always
infused
by
melody
and
a
generous
worldview.
You
can
tell
he
was
trying
to
change
perceptions
about
who
he
was
as
an
artist,
and,
for
me,
it
all
works
rather
than
coming
across
as
earnest
or
pretentious.

I
must’ve
listened
to
it
every
day
for
a
few
years
because
it
was
my
first
CD
album

I
was
11!

*


The Lemonheads - It’s A Shame About RayThe
Lemonheads

It’s
A
Shame
About
Ray

After
my
early
love
of
The
Beatles,
pop
music,
and
taping
songs
off
the
radio,
I
got
into
grungy
guitars
of
Pearl
Jam
and
the
indie
jangle
of
The
Smiths.
The
Lemonheads
made
me
want
to
get
a
guitar,
which
I
did.

I
spent
so
long
trying
(and
failing)
to
play
Hannah
&
Gabi
and
the
tumbling
riff
that
starts
Rocking
Stroll,
the
opening
song.
Evan
Dando’s
smooth
voice
and
melodic
chops
were
addictive.
My
Mam
bought
this
for
me
and
I
came
home
in
my
dinner
hour
and
played
it
twice
because
it’s
so
short.

If
I’m
honest,
it
was
the
cover
of
Mrs
Robinson
that
got
me
into
it!
I’ve
had
a
lifelong
love
of
American
indie
music,since
from
Smog
and
Yo
La
Tengo,
to
Cat
Power
and
The
Silver
Jews,
who
could’ve
all
been
on
this
list.

*


Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las VegasCocteau
Twins

Heaven
Or
Las
Vegas

When
I
first
heard
the
Cocteaus,
I
didn’t
know
what
had
hit
me.
I
think
I
saw
them
on
Later
with
Jools
Holland
and
immediately
bought
the
album
they
were
promoting
at
the
time

Four-Calendar
Cafe.
The
internet
was
in
its
infancy
and
you
had
to
buy
a
record
to
hear
it.
I
quickly
collected
as
many
of
their
albums
as
I
could

the
4AD
aesthetic
really
influenced
me.

This
album
is
just
incredible

Liz
Fraser’s
voice
is
astonishing
and
Robin
Guthrie’s
guitars
and
multi-layered
production
create
their
own,
unique
world,
which
I
immersed
myself
in.

I
loved
bands
like
My
Bloody
Valentine
and
Ride,
where
you
couldn’t
tell
who
or
what
was
making
the
sound.

*


Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu Tang (36th Chambers)Wu
Tang
Clan

Enter
The
36
Chambers 

I
remember
getting
this
on
a
copied
cassette
tape
and
listening
to
it
constantly,
inside
a
tent
during
a
wet
camping
holiday.
I
was
a
fan
of
gangsta-rap
or
G-Funk

Snoop
Dogg
and
Ice
Cube
mostly

but
RZA’s
production
on
this
record,
along
with
the
sophisticated
rapping,
was
on
a
different
plane.

As
a
teenager,
there
was
so
much
to
get
my
teeth
into,
whether
it’s
the
complex
flow
or
the
kung-fu
references,
but
it
sounds
incredible,
too

there’s
grit
and
a
raw
approach
in
the
sampling
that
marks
it
out
as
a
landmark
hip-hop
album.

It
also
felt
a
bit
taboo,
and
my
Mam
wasn’t
happy
when
she
heard
the
torture
skit!
I
went
on
to
do
my
MA
dissertation
on
‘resistance
in
independent
rap’
and
the
Def
Jux
label.

*


Kate Bush - Hounds Of LoveKate
Bush

Hounds
Of
Love

I
knew
the
singles
from
this
album
from
my
youth,
but
only
got
this
album
later.
I
became
obsessed
with
it
and
ended
up
covering
the
whole
album
on
a
dictaphone
and
making
CDs
for
my
friends!

Like
Cocteau
Twins,
Kate
Bush
creates
her
own
world
and
invites
you
into
it.
The
breadth
of
her
imagination
is
astounding.

I
love
the
use
of
synths
and
interesting
drum
sounds
but
the
heartfelt
emotion
that
she
puts
into
her
singing
and
lyrics
make
her
music
really
resonant,
even
when
the
subject
is
fantastical
or
otherworldly.
It
manages
to
sound
both
massive
and
intimate,
which
is
a
pretty
good
trick.

*

*


Pullman - Turnstyles & Junk PilesPullman

Turnstyles
&
Junk
Piles

This
record
is
so
soothing

it’s
just
a
group
of
blokes
in
Chicago,
from
‘post-rock’
bands
like
Tortoise,
playing
acoustic
guitars,
but
the
melodies
and
the
arrangements
are
wonderful.
It
features
David
Pajo,
whose
band
Aerial
M,
turned
my
musical
world
on
its
head.

The
way
he
plays
is
full
of
space
and
economy

it
can
be
angular
or
it
can
be
pretty,
but
always
feels
exactly
right.
I
will
never
tire
of
hearing
this
album,
and
it
gave
me
the
confidence
to
play
acoustic
instrumental
guitar
music
with
my
friends
Rachel
and
Laura.

We
met
at
art
school
in
Hartlepool
and
eventually
called
ourselves
MeandthetwinS.
Maxïmo
Park
saw
me
playing
with
them
and
thought
I
could
be
a
front
person
for
their
band
(even
though
I
wasn’t
singing!).
You
could
say
this
kind
of
music
altered
the
course
of
my
life!

*


Marvin
Gaye

What’s
Going
On?

Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On?I
could
throw
in
some
more
obscure
albums
here,
but
sometimes
the
critical
darlings
are
the
ones!
I
have
this
album
on
tape
and
it
had
a
big
impact
on
me.
I
love
soul
music,
but
often
it’s
a
single-led
genre.

Otis
Redding,
Aretha
Franklin,
and
Sam
Cooke
are
some
of
my
favourite
singers,
but
this
album
is
a
total
mood,
which
you
could
argue
is
its
biggest
flaw
because
the
songs
can
be
quite
formless.

I
see
that
as
a
kind
of
freedom,
though.
The
airy
vocals
take
me
to
a
higher
plane,
and
Gaye
manages
to
convey
the
sorrow
of
the
world,
and
the
social
struggles
of
the
Civil
Rights
movement
in
such
a
light-handed
way. 

*


Anne Briggs - A CollectionAnne
Briggs

A
Collection

I
love
folk
music,
and
was
originally
turned
onto
it
by
Nick
Drake
and
Bert
Jansch,
among
others.
But
getting
this
CD
out
of
the
library,
I
realised
how
just
a
voice
alone
could
carry
a
song.

Anne
Briggs
is
an
uncompromising
artist-
she
sings
in
her
own
accent,
unadorned,
which
feels
like
it
gives
you
a
direct
line
to
the
source
of
these
old
songs.
Other
favourite
singers
of
mine,
like
Robert
Wyatt
or
Shirley
Collins,
also
have
this
authentic
voice
that
has
influenced
the
way
I
sing.

It’s
incredible
to
think
of
folk
songs
being
passed
down,
as
part
of
an
oral
tradition,
and
this
adds
to
the
resonance
of
these
melodies
and
stories.

*


Joni Mitchell - The Hissing Of Summer LawnsJoni
Mitchell

The
Hissing
Of
Summer
Lawns

Out
of
the
three
Canadian
singer-songwriters
I
most
admire,
I
could’ve
picked
a
Leonard
Cohen
record
here,
or
one
by
Neil
Young,
but
Joni
cuts
deepest,
ultimately.

Her
open
guitar
tunings
allow
the
music
to
float,
creating
space
for
the
poetic
turns
of
phrase
that
have
influenced
me
so
much.
This
album
is
so
rich
with
information,
but,
as
with
Kate
Bush,
there’s
an
underlying
understanding
of
the
human
condition
that
complements
her
adventurous
spirit.

You
get
a
feeling
of
always
moving
(or
moving
on)
from
Mitchell’s
music

a
constant
restlessness
that
I
find
bewitching.

*


Life Without Buildings - Any Other CityLife
Without
Buildings

Any
Other
City

Unbeatable!
This
album
gives
me
hope
that
there
are
fresh
possibilities
in
the
‘classic’
guitar/drums/bass/vocals
band
line-up.
It’s
really
inventive
and
melodic

something
all
these
albums
have
in
common.

Sue
Tompkins’
vocals
confused
me
at
first,
because
there’s
something
very
random
about
them
initially,
but
I
grew
to
love
them.
I
put
this
album
on
to
feel
alive

it’s
full
of
joy
and
a
personal,
specific
attention
to
the
world
around
us.

They
were
art
students
from
Glasgow,
and
I
think
that
particular
sensibility
elevates
this
album
above
the
more
traditional
‘indie-rock’
elements.

*


Maxïmo
Park’s
new
album
Nature
Always
Wins
is
out
26
February
2021
through
Prolifica.
Further
information
can
be
found
at

maximopark.com
.


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