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Milk

Brighton band Milk & Biscuits were formed by Matt Davies and Max Erle (also of Restlesslist) and are about to release a snazzy new single called “White Noise”. Very much a song of two halves (one part peaceful and dreamy, the other seems to channel the spirit of Mark E Smith, albeit in pop mode) it's an odd mix but one that works beautifully. Currently receiving much deserved airplay on 6music and the like, its released by Big Salad Records on December 3rd. Milk & Biscuits play a live session for BBC 6Music's Marc Riley on Monday 3rd of December, and you can catch them live as Catch Bar in Shoreditch on Tuesday 4th December. Have a look at their ace video and then read Matt talking to Crackle about music and stuff below.

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Artist that had an influence on my sound

I get really influenced by stuff – so every time I hear something I like I want to sound like that! When max and I started the band, we were trying to make very slow and dreamy music with lots of space and nuance – my main influences for this idea were an amazing group called Bright Black Morning Light, a group called Low and some of the late 60’s and 70’s Beach Boys stuff.

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Album that I bought

“Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet”. I started collecting jazz records about four or five years ago and I host a live jazz night every Sunday in Brighton. I love to borrow structures from jazz music and use them in our songs. To me, there is nothing more vibrant and exiting than an able Jazz combo in free flow.

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Album that I bought

First album I bought was “3 Feet High and Rising” by De La Soul with my older brother – I would have been about 11. He said it was cool, I believed him and he was right! I got really into early nineties hip-hop after hearing that record.

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Song that I learnt to play

I generally don’t bother to learn songs by other people – the last one I learnt was stumbled upon accidentally, because I put together some chords that were pretty much exactly the same as “if I Could Talk I’d Tell You” by The Lemonheads. I love Evan Dando’s sense of melody and the sentiment of the lyrics. They were an important band to me growing up.

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Song that I learnt to play

“Eating Salt Is Easy” by Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. One of the great British psychedelic bands. I grew up in the same part of Wales as them, so was lucky enough to see them many times in the local town hall. They write such moving and beautiful music but there is always a sense of humour in there too. I think that’s very important – I find entirely earnest music slightly difficult sometimes - I love this band for this reason.

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Song that I heard and loved

“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” from the new Tame Impala album. It has a beautiful melody and the production is incredible. Saw them at a sold out Brixton Academy show recently. They were amazing and so humble. It’s hard not to like this band.

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Song that I heard and loved

“In My Life” from the album Rubber Soul by The Beatles. I was about eight or nine I guess. It was in my mum and dad’s collection. I seem to remember the harpsichord solo making me laugh.

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Artist that had an influence on my sound

Lately I’ve been writing more fun and rhythmically driving music. I love things like Stereolab, Granddaddy, Pavement/Steve Malkmus and also a band called The Blue Aeroplanes (particularly the albums “Bop-Art” and “Tolerance”) which was how I came to ask the poet Gary Goodman to perform spoken word on three songs on our new album. It’s important to me not to get locked into a style.