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Broken Record #45

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Patience is the new project from Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls, and unlike most solo outings she seems to have chosen the complete re-invention route, rather than a slightly different take on the same genre. Her second single "The Pressure" is a wonderfully concise package of synth-pop which sounds like a lost Vince Clarke project from the early 1980s and adds to a very promising batch of tracks (along with debut single "The Church", plus the equally impressive b-sides) to warm us up until a full LP arrives. Here, in the latest of our Broken Record series, Roxanne tells us about of few of the albums that have meant something to her over the years.

Section 25 - Love and Hate

This is a lost classic in my eyes and totally overlooked. It was released when Section 25 were almost over in 1988 two years after it was recorded. It's their perfect icy/bedroom balance, more clever and ambitious than their earlier work, the complete antithesis to "Girls Don't Count" which feels like caveman literacy in comparison. It's closer to their true sound to me, with the clear prominence of Jenny Ross' vocals and not like the songs that endlessly get thrown on compilations.

The Violent Femmes - The Violent Femmes

When I was 13 I stole this cassette from my sisters collection and listened to it on headphones for what seemed like continuously for the next two years - I liked other music too but this album stands out for fitting every occasion in a teenagers life. It's emotional whilst rebellious. I don't listen to it much these days but when I hear it come on the radio I always think about how well it has stood the test of time.

The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man

I have listened to this record more than any other whilst driving or being driven on tour gazing out of the window. It feels like an actual journey from start to finish, kicking off upbeat with "Mr Tambourine Man" and "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better", winding down to my personal heartbreaker favourite "Here Without You" by Gene Clark, then another uplifting banger with "All I Really Wanna Do" in the second half. Every song is a pristine classic and perfect for dreaming whilst travelling to the next place.

Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Preludes, Airs and Yodels

First time I heard "Music for a found harmonium" I was in my best friends parents car as a child and I was instantly obsessed. This music just conjures up positivity for me, which is rare with something that has no words. People laugh and say "my mum loves this band" whenever I try to play it in company, which is often, but it never fails to transport me to a magical place of calm. This collection has all the best songs on it.