Isn’t it always the case that our favourite bands just so happen to listen to the coolest music? But how did they stumble upon such great tunes? Concentric Circles takes a step through featured artists’ evolving sonic tastebuds, this week focusing on Thrill Jockey’s Haley Fohr aka Circuit des Yeux.
1. Bee Gee’s – Greatest Hits
My parents’ vinyl collection was ruined in an epic flood when I was 3 years old. When we moved to my now current child hood home, they left music behind them. Their interests remained elsewhere, so there wasn’t much introduction to music for me through my family. When I was about 6 years old I earned the responsibility of being able to go on walks around the block by myself. I remember I had this Playschool Walkman, and walks became my new favorite thing. I found a Bee Gee’s cassette in the linen closet one day, and it became my new walking-tune.
2. Led Zeppelin – III
7th grade, puberty, weird times, braiding my hair & trying to sing like Robert Plant.
3. Brainbombs – Cheap EP / Billy Holiday – Stormy Blues
17 years old, first apartment, first record player, first vinyl purchases.
4. Sonic Youth – Confusion is Sex
Freshman year in college, riding around with my best friend and shouting at all of the frat guys, much anger, much angst.
5. Throbbing Gristle – Thee Psychick Sacrifice
Moving to Bloomington, IN, finding freedom. Lots of long walks in the snow.
6. Patty Waters – Patty Waters Sings
Feeling beautiful. Trying to become something great. This is my favorite record right now.
Circuit des Yeux’s new album In Plain Speech is out on 18th May 2015
Circuit des Yeux play Whelan’s (Dublin) on 16th June and Gulpd Café (Cork) on 18th June