Vita and the Woolf: 5 Albums That Changed My Life
Philly’s Vita and the Woolf is out with their new album Tunnels on June 16, so, to celebrate, front woman Jennifer Pague shared with us some of the records that changed her life.
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Radiohead, Hail to the Thief
This is such an important album. Songs like ‘There There’ and ‘I Will’ really inspired my vocal layering. I think the production on this record is absolutely genius. It balances that dark guitar grit with beauty, which is what I strive for on Tunnels.
Bat For Lashes, Two Suns
Songs like ‘Glass’ and ‘Daniel’ just caught me the first time hearing them. Natasha Kahn is a genius songwriter and these songs are so mysterious, but also envelope the necessary amount of space needed to really hit people.
St. Vincent, Strange Mercy
The song ‘Cheerleader’ directly inspired one of the songs off of Tunnels, ‘Mary.’ Strange Mercy is an influential album to me because the songs have this new take on pop. It stretches the boundaries of what we call pop music. Songs like ‘Chloe in the Afternoon’ and ‘Surgeon’ just have this driving feeling to them. Literally like when I’m driving in the car, I put this album on and freak out.
Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense
I’m not usually drawn to live albums, but this record is seriously what got me into the art of performance in rock music. The songs have so much energy. I also love the idea David Byrne had for starting the set off with just him and a guitar and a little drum loop, and then slowly throughout the set more members of the band come on stage. It’s amazing and really well thought out.
Elliott Smith, Elliott Smith
This record means so much to me. The eighth note down strokes he plays on guitar and the sparse guitar melodies are so catchy. I love his acoustic stuff and this album has all my favorite songs. It reminds me of a crisp October afternoon. It’s such a spooky record. I was listening to this record a lot when I started writing songs in high school.
(Photo credit: Ebru Yildiz)
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