Electro-pop whizz kid Gilligan Moss releases his new Ceremonial EP today (14 August) and plays his first ever UK show at London's Fields Brewery this evening. What could be easier, new record and a piss up in a brewery... well if this playlist for Q is anything to go by the American producer is ready for tougher times ahead, here is his soundtrack existential crisis...
Fripp & Eno – The Heavenly Music Corporation "This is the sound of a quiet internal drama. Fripp’s guitar tone is always a warm sonic hug — but this piece is anything but comforting."
Philip Glass/ Beck – Rework NYC 73-78 "I don’t remember exactly how I came across this piece — and I’m not exactly sure what it is. From what I can tell, it is Beck’s interpretation/homage to a variety of Glass’ work from 1973-1978. All I can say is that this is one of my favorite pieces of music that I’ve come across. There are so many sections and sonic nuggets brimming with ideas. There must be 15 amazing musical ideas in this one track. This could easily stand alone as a soundtrack by itself to a full existential crisis."
Daft Punk – Emotion "This feels like a mantra, as it repeats the same phrase over and over, building steam. I think this is one of Daft Punk’s more underrated cuts — it just has this emotion (yeah how ‘bout that) to it that I find myself getting lost in."
Robbie Basho – Orphan’s Lament "This song just absolutely kills me. It’s worth taking the time to read up on Basho, and take a close listen to the lyrics in this song. This whole track haunts me, from the cascading pianos, to that deeply desperate voice. This doesn’t happen often for me, but the first time I heard this, It brought tears to my eyes — and I felt the immediate urge to send this song to anyone that would listen."
The Field – Then It’s White "This whole album is such a gem. The Field creates these tracks that are so warm and meditative, and this one is no different. This is a song that you can do some heavy thinking to."
Animal Collective – Mouth Wooed Her "This was the first Animal Collective album that clicked for me. All of the songs on this album are mainly acoustic, but deeply psychological. These songs exist in the brain, the sound of falling into the rabbit hole of your own thoughts and anxieties."
Keith Jarret – Vienna Concert pt.1 "A 40 minute epic, mostly improvised. This piece has had a huge impact on my friend Ben, who I often collaborate with/play the live Gilligan Moss show with. It’s slow and contemplative at first but struggles deeply with musical demons and billows into this massively emotive explosion by the end."
Songs: Ohia – Farewell Transmission "Perhaps the most cathartic rock song I have ever known, written by a man who was slowly committing suicide by alcohol poisoning. It relies on a circular chord progression that is loose but powerful - the lyrics remind me of a prison, perhaps of his own mind, and it is sad and lonely as hell but damn it feels good at the same time."
Arcade Fire – Afterlife (Flume Remix) "I really love the approach Flume took on this remix. The whole thing is a slow burning 10 minute track, that puts the vocals on Win Butler’s vocal. When you hear the vocals in this context — they take on a whole new level of desperation."
Animal Collective – Winter’s Love "Coming out of the existential crisis — finding some level of peace…I think this track fits that perfectly. This is the ultimate life affirming song and it is hands down my favorite from Animal Collective."
Aphex Twin – Xtal "What would a soundtrack to an existential crisis be without this?"
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