Wednesday 12 July 2017

Recollection - Andy (Arkless)

(Photo Credit: Arkless Facebook page)

Here's a new instalment of "Recollection" from Andy of Arkless. I reviewed their 2016 self-titled LP a while ago. The thing that I really enjoy about these features is that no single one is the same in terms of albums that contributors pick. This list from Andy is no different with quite a lot of variation. I hope you enjoy it and thanks goes to Andy for taking the time to write it.

The Van Pelt - "Sultans of Sentiment"
Definitely my favourite record of all time, the most hypnotically beautiful album I've ever heard and one that seems just as fresh today as the first time I heard it maybe 15 years ago.

Flux of Pink Indians - "Strive To Survive Causing Least Suffering Possible"
Encapsulates everything I love about punk, the most blisteringly angry but equally eloquent and thoughtful record of its generation. 

Fugazi - "The Argument"
'Repeater' was the first Fugazi album I bought, aged something like 14 and bought on CD from HMV on the premise of "I think I'm supposed to like these guys" when my favourite bands at the time were Green Day and AFI. It never really clicked with me at the time, but in the years that followed I grew to love Fugazi like few other bands. It's a hard choice but "The Argument" is the one I go back to most so it gets the spot in my top 10.

Yaphet Kotto - "The Killer Was in the Government Blankets"
Probably the best band that came out of mid 90s emo, an absolutely unrelenting record.

Party of Helicopters - "Mount Forever"
A lot of good memories associated with this record - it's super tied up to two of the most important in my life for a variety of reasons for me so as well as being an incredible record this goes in as sentimental pick in a lot of ways. 

The Cure - "Disintegration"
The album of choice for anyone who is still holding on to the 14 year old goth in them.

Wilderness - "Vessel States"
When members of a band you loved (Don Martin 3) make a new band you always get excited, when they release an amazing first album it's great but when they top it with an even better second album that is such a rare thing I find it hard to believe this album even exists. No one else sounds like Wilderness. What a band.

Talking Heads - "Speaking in Tongues"
There's not really many Talking Heads records I don't love so it was difficult to choose just one, but this has my number one favourite song of all time This Must Be The Place on it so there you go.

I Hate Myself - "3 songs"
I can't really think of another band that actually got progressively better throughout their records and went out on a high. Their final record and their best. An absolutely heartbreaking set of songs.

Mount Eerie - "No Flashlight"
I love everything Phil Elverum has done, he has a really unique voice and perspective and his approach to creating art is something I find super inspiring. This was the first of his records I heard and still the one I go back to the most.

You can stream Arkless' self-titled record below:-

It's also available to purchase digitally above and there are links to buy the physical record there as well.

Thanks once again to Andy for taking the time to write this list for me and if you want to submit one, please do get in touch via the contact form on here or via

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