#947 Arvo Pärt – Tabula Rasa

Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa was the piece that introduced him to the world outside his native Estonia. It was released by the envelope-pushing label ECM in 1984. I bought the album probably in 1989 around the same time as the Steve Reich in its lovely packaged box cassette. For me too, it represented the opening … Continue reading #947 Arvo Pärt – Tabula Rasa

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#2 A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Atomos

This record is a new recruit to my collection, bought earlier this year, when there was a sale on selected Erased Tapes releases at Fopp. I’d heard the name, knew nothing of their music, but was curious and picked this one out purely on cover alone. It was a wonderful moment to get it home … Continue reading #2 A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Atomos

#144 Bjork – Biophilia

Delightful for the randometer to have thrown up two Bjork albums so close together yet residing at opposite ends of her career. Not that she’s showing any signs of stopping soon or even slowing down; I get the feeling Bjork’s only just getting started. This is three albums back, released in 2011, and not merely … Continue reading #144 Bjork – Biophilia

#1395 Pet Shop Boys – Back To Mine

Along with the Eurythmics, the Pet Shop Boys were one of the few bands I actually followed in ‘real time’, becoming quite obsessed with Paninaro from their second album Disco (a remix album of half the tracks from their first album Actually). For some reason I wrote out all the lyrics to Paninaro in runes, … Continue reading #1395 Pet Shop Boys – Back To Mine

#318 Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas

I’m not a huge Cocteau Twins fan, which is probably an error. That’s not to say I don’t like them, I like this very much, but I don’t know much of their output beyond this classic album. I first heard the Cocteau Twins because their Pitch The Baby track was included in a sampler cassette … Continue reading #318 Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas