Communions: 5 Albums That Changed My Life
With 5 Albums That Changed My Life, we ask artists to gush about the records that affected the way they listen to and make music. In this edition, the members of rising post-punk outfit Communions divvy up their five picks. The Danish four-piece is recently out with its self-titled EP, following 2014′s equally excellent EP, Cobblestones.
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Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home
Martin Rehof – vocals/guitar
My cousin introduced me to Bob Dylan when I was quite young and this was the album he played for me. At the time it sort of became my gateway into music in the sense that it changed my perspective on whatever nonsense I was listening to before. Suddenly I was comparing everything to Dylan and everything else just wasn’t quite as good.
I remember feeling a strange connection to the songs even though I didn’t feel like I knew what they were about. The images painted in the lyrics are so vivid and really left an imprint on my mind. But it was the whole simplicity of the songwriting that really struck a chord with me. I remember being amazed at how something so simple could hit so hard. I think it’s that combination of straightforwardness and subtlety that has stayed with me and formed my own approach to writing songs. Along with Dylan’s other early stuff, this is a record I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of.
Love: Forever Changes
Jacob van deurs Formann – guitar
I’ve chosen Love’s Forever Changes, because I really enjoy the soft sound built around interwoven acoustic guitar textures and subtle orchestrations, with strings and horns both reinforcing and punctuation the melodies. Whenever I listen to Forever Changes I look back to brief moments of summer warmth.
However, these blissful moments feel transparent, and blend with shady clouds looming on the horizon. In that way the content beholds two appealing aspects; a very romantic blooming side versus/symbiosis angst, and I definitely consume both. Forever Changes is one of those albums that evokes both familiar and strange feelings, but feels so good. I didn’t think twice about my choice.
The Stooges: Fun House
Frederik Lind Köppen – drums
This was the first real rock ‘n’ roll album I ever liked. I used to listen to a lot of different punk and rock groups when I was younger, but this was the first album that really stuck with me.
Even though it’s twice my age, it sounds more fresh and timeless than most current rock bands playing today. It’s pure hedonism and I love the misanthropic touch it has to it. This and Raw Power are my favorite records.
Leonard Cohen: Songs of Love and Hate
Mads Rehof – bass
This is one of the albums I’ve heard most and for the longest time. In my opinion it’s Cohen’s best album. “Last Year’s Man” and “Joan of Arc” are definitely two of my favorite songs.
Oasis: Definitely Maybe
Communions – band
We all listen to a lot of different stuff, but Oasis is something we can all agree on. It’s something we’ve all grown up listening to, and there’s not much to say other than that I don’t think we can help but be influenced by them.
It’s refreshing and inspiring that such a minimal guitar formula can be so effective. And Definitely Maybe is so anthemic. It’s one of those albums that’s gotten played from start to finish at a countless number of our morning parties.
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