Top 5 is a new section we’ve added to TSOFD (The Sound of Fighting Dogs). We’ve gone that little bit further just to see what makes you tick. Here you’ll find the Top 5 musical influences on artists whose music we’ve reviewed. We’ll be getting our noses down in the dirt to see what really inspires them; old and new since time began. Today’s Top 5 comes from Quantum Collisions’ man in the attic, Jim Phelps.
Radiohead – Kid A as it was the album that got me interested in electronic music. Blew open the door to a whole other world of synthesizers and programmed drums.
Stars of the Lid – And Their Refinement Of The Decline got me interested in ambient music in the first place. Just beautiful lush guitar drones with occasional string accompaniment. It will nurse you through any comedown.
Gaia – Sounds of Nature. I’m not sure if you’d call this an album as such, It’s just a collection of field recordings of water and rain, jungle sounds, thunderclaps, etc. It just shows how a certain sound, however simple, can be so evocative that it immediately just transports you away.
Krzysztof Penderecki – Threnody To The Victims of Hiroshima – an utterly terrifying piece of music. Horrifying on a wholly primal level. There’s something about this music that gets under my skin and petrifies me. I can never listen to the whole thing – I always have to turn it off, but it is simply incredible as a piece of music and a piece of art.
Songs Ohia – Ghost Tropic. A folk album that’s not really a folk album. It doesn’t know what it is, and if you try and analyze it you’ll be scratching your head trying to figure out how it stays together, but it’s great.