Tom Furse (The Horrors): What Are You Listening To?
The Horrors are out with their new album, V, so we asked synth player Tom Furse to let us in on what he’s been listening to.
“If possible please assemble this playlist into the order they are presented here and listen in one sitting,” he tells TIDAL. We took care of the first part, now get going on the second, readers.
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Horace Tapscott, “Desert Fairy Princess”
I only heard this a couple of days ago. I was convinced it was some high class exotica, perhaps even a Henry Mancini soundtrack piece. Instead it turns out to be my favorite track on the new soul jazz compilation Soul Of A Nation, a powerful compilation coinciding with an exhibition of the same name at the Tate Modern.
Flying Lotus, “Siren Song (ft. Angel Deradoorian)”
A long-time favorite of mine, stunning and spacey hip-hop, not hip-hop, probably closer to an electronic cosmic jazz. Who cares what hole you jam it in; it’s wonderful music. I think Mr. Lotus is currently taking a break making films and such but I look forward to his next release with bated breath; his last few have been both enormously satisfying and adventurous.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, “Envelop”
A modular synthesizer is my main instrument these days and Kaitlyn is a maestro of the modular. This track has a spiritual feel to it that appeals to my current state of mind, and when the orchestral sounds enter halfway through I don’t think there’s any mistaking the weight of the talent behind this beautiful music.
Vanishing Twin, “The Truth is Boring”
One of my favorite contemporary bands, a misfit group of characters and true individuals. This track ticks so many boxes for me: exotica, library electronics, harps, spacey percussive jams. They make for a magical live experience, too.
The Focus Group, “New Toytown Walk”
The musical experimentations of designer Julian House, it was refreshing to hear music so abstracted but still retain a sense of playfulness, without being at all pretentious.
Fela Kuti & Roy Ayers, “2000 Blacks Got to be Free”
An ambitious statement from two heavyweights of intercontinental black music. Recorded in 1980 and looking with a positive attitude to the year 2000 as a year of black freedom. In 2017, we’re still struggling with race issues on a daily basis, but this dance floor adventure is just the kind of uplifting music that brings humanity together on dance floors all over the world. Transcendental and cross-continental funk that sings through time and space.
Pete Seeger, “One Grain of Sand”
One of the deepest and most minimal records I’ve ever heard. Just one man’s voice, unfailingly affecting. Strangely this recording can be found on an album of children’s songs.
LNRDCROY, “An Ad in the Paper”
More deepness from LNRDCROY, a timeless piece of electronics and backward guitar.
Continuing the theme and my penchant for spacey sounds and deep grooves is Seahawks ‘Missed.’ Seahawks are two friends of mine, the artist Pete Fowler and weirdo music veteran Jon Tye, and I’ve maintained over the last few years that they’ve put out some of the most artfully put together bliss that that sphere of music can muster. Made with love for certain and competing at the top of their game.
Alice Coltrane, “Om Shanti”
One of the crowning musical achievements of that area of the record store marked both ‘spiritual’ and ‘jazz’ in those record stores that know best (Cosmos Records, I’m looking at you). Originally just available from cassettes distributed through Alice’s Vedantic temple, the records have recently resurfaced on Luaka Bop. I urge you to seek out both that compilation and the original records (some of which are missing from the compilation). Truly some of the greatest music ever recorded, at least that I have heard. Will take you to other universes provided set and setting are in alignment, and the proper substances administered.
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