Domino Kirke: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Domino Kirke: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Domino Kirke plans to release her debut album, Beyond Waves, come August, a jittery, blissed-out work that was co-written by  Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic and co-produced by Joan Wasser of Joan as Police Woman. To herald its arrival, Kirke told us about some records that changed her life.

“These records have been there for me at very transformative and transitional times in my life,” she says. “They ground me. All these singers have a way of bridging heaven and hell with their voices.”

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Chaka Khan, I Feel for You

This record was played throughout my childhood and I have a vivid memory of learning how to walk to that record. I believe I skipped crawling and went right to walking because of this record and I still listen to it. My son is now a huge Chaka fan as well.

Van Morrison, Astral Weeks

The record, to me, is flawless, mostly because it was recorded in such a condensed amount of time, which I always try to remember when recording my own music. It’s a great reminder that greatness in art isn’t always about the amount of time dedicated to its creation.

Donny Hathaway, Donny Hathaway

His voice is everything. I can’t get through this record without weeping.

The Soundtrack to Black Orpheus

It’s one of my all-time favorite movies. I spent a lot of time in Brazil as a teenager and I found that the women there carried themselves differently, which really changed the way I saw myself. The soundtrack became a way to connect to my favorite film and the spirit of that country.

Joan as Police Woman, Real Life

After seeing Joan perform at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn ten-plus years ago, I really identified with her soul and all her vulnerability on stage. The songs on this record really speak to a part of me that was scared to write my own material back then. They woke me up and still inspire me today.

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