From Joni Mitchell to Sonic Youth: Nap Eyes’ Josh Salter picks 10 of his favourite records
At a time with the lockdown in full effect and no clear end in sight, it is now that the escapism of music is most desperately needed. One great way to find that ladder out of your new normality is Nap Eyes’ new record Snapshot of A Beginner.
It’s a record that has been born out of improvisation and a deep elevation of their lo-fi sound. It was a somewhat drastic move for the band as they went on to explore new roles for the members of the group and discover songwriting talent that had yet to be exposed.
You can find our full review of the new record here but, for now, another great way to escape the doldrums of your bedroom is to catch up with Nap Eyes’ Josh Salter to explore his ten favourite albums of all time. The bassist sat down with Far Out Magazine to pick out a variety of different artists that show off the myriad of threads that are woven into our musical throws.
So there’s room on the list for Curtis Mayfield, for Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Below we discover the Salter’s ten favourite records.
Nap Eyes’ Josh Salter’s 10 favourite albums:
Curtis – Curtis Mayfield
“Absolutely perfect sounding album,” Salter told Far Out. “Every time I listen I hear something about the production that is new. I swear to god if you blast it at top volume you will get a completely different experience than on low.”
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground
“The sound of light pouring down like honey over the room,” the bass player said. “It might not have that same sense of danger and confrontation as the earlier records but the songwriting is arguably the strongest it’s ever got. Most relaxing record in their catalogue.”
Journey in Satchidananda – Alice Coltrane
“There has never been a moment that this album couldn’t improve upon. I’m a sucker for the sound of a well-played harp. Wild to think that Pharoah Sanders plays on this and also recorded a lot of Thembi in the same month.”
Loveless – My Bloody Valentine
“Very few albums consistently make me question everything around me. I still remember the first time I heard it. Made me feel like I was underwater.
“This is one of those godhead records like Revolver or Pet Sounds, which, through its sonic purity, makes you think completely differently about everything afterwards.”
Blood on the Tracks – Bob Dylan
“There are a few songs that are kind of fun and goofy mixed with absolute soul crushers. I’d give up most of Dylan’s catalogue for ‘You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.'”
Live at Massey Hall 1971 – Neil Young
“I could pick basically any Neil album until 1980 and make a compelling argument for it but I’m going with this live record because his voice is the best it ever sounded. Clear as a bell. ‘Bad Fog of Loneliness’ is a personal favourite of NY songs.
“His acoustic version of ‘Down By the River’ strips away much of the masculine energy out of the electric album version and the song becomes somehow more devastating. Plus to have him finally sing the Buffalo Springfield classic ‘On the Way Home’ is a blessing.”
Hejira – Joni Mitchell
“The most gifted of songwriters finally meets her instrumental match. The Jacco bass playing is just as lyrical as Joni which is saying something because she is at one of her peaks on this album.
“I can’t think of a more sympathetic pairing in all of music.”
Bee Thousand – Guided By Voices
“This is what an album should sound like. A bit of a well organized and curated version of madness. Makes you remember that though production is important the songwriting does most of the heavy lifting.”
Murray Street – Sonic Youth
“This one hit me at just the right time. Maybe the strongest collection of songs they ever put out. It is wall to wall with highly stylized post-Television guitar interplay.
“When a band still has it this far into their lifespan you know they are doing something right.”
There’s A Riot Goin’ On – Sly and the Family Stone
“Funky, heartbreaking and sweet. This record has every mood. The lines ‘You can’t cry cause you’ll look broke down/ But you’re cryin’ anyway cause you’re all broke down’ are absolutely devastating. That is the human condition under capitalism aye?”
Below we’ve compiled a playlist of Salter’s favourite records (excluding My Bloody Valentine who are still not on Spotify) and it makes for an 8-hour listen that will certainly take you out of your house, if only for a little while.