At the end of November he released All Together Again, a collection of commissioned works spanning those last ten years, so what better time to get him to dig in to the records that have influenced him.
“Seeing as All Together Again collects various commissioned works from the last ten years, there was a vast array of influences that came and went during that time. Sometimes musical obsessions can fade away just as quickly as they arrived . . . other times you might listen to something to death, get tired of it, and then years later you rediscover it and it resonates deeply once again. Here are some artists and records that have had lasting impact on my life, and were certainly among some of my most listened-to records during this last decade.”
Brian Eno – Another Green World
While I’ve always loved to create lots of different styles of music, most of my records have each had a pretty consistent theme . . . at least they have usually been either primarily vocal based records or primarily instrumental records . . . and for All Together Again I wanted to put together an album that was more diverse. Another Green World glides beautiful vocal numbers and instrumentals, and I love that.
Félicia Atkinson & Sylvain Chauveau – Roman Anglais
On this record, Sylvain creates the musical backdrop for Félicia’s spoken word. I love the gentle sound of her voice on this album, and I think it’s safe to say this record encouraged me to incorporate more spoken passages into my recordings, such as can be heard on the last track of All Together Again.