Jonathan Bree’s playlist of influential tunes
Heartbreak, insouciance, melancholia, “bendy” baroque strings and classic Wall of Sound pop production – these are just a few of the magic ingredients that went into Jonathan Bree’s latest album Sleepwalking, an homage to both classic pop and doomed romance.
Before Bree and band play Carriageworks for Sydney Festival in January 2019, we asked the songwriter, frontman and label head to pick out 10 diverse songs that had an influence – thematically or stylistically – on Sleepwalking.
“These are songs that are both inspirational and dear to me,” Bree said. “Most are from albums that I've frequently listened to in recent years while I was creating songs, some of which appear on Sleepwalking.” If you’re feeling emotionally robust, dive into the playlist below.
Maurice Jarre – Les Yeux Sans Visage“Sinister and sweet.”
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence“Yes Lana, I will marry you, and walk with you until our dying days.”
Jean-Claude Vannier – Les garde volent au secours du roi“Not your average psychedelic prog bullshit. Supernatural choirs and strings take you to some strange and crazy places...”
Duane Eddy – The Girl On Death Row“Penned by Lee Hazlewood, a songwriting producer master. Very cool string and guitar work.”
Peggy Lee – What's New?“Taken from Dream Street, a gem of an album for the evening.”
Bella Bartok – Music For Strings Percussion And Celesta - III. Adagio“His string arrangements often slide in and out of conventional harmony, creating a sense of unease...I'm into it.”
Eddy Arnold – What's He Doing In My World?“Pain, sing it Eddy, I hear you.”
Darlene Love – Strange Love“Such a magical production by Phil Spector. This song makes perfect use of the word 'La', a technique I've borrowed many, many times.”
Chet Baker – I Get Along Without You Very Well“Tender faux optimism.”
Richard Hawley – Born Under A Bad Sign“I love the album Coles Corner. This track is an autobiographical anthem during those times when you are feeling sorry for yourself.”
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