The Definitive Records of Local Artist & Musician, Katayoon

Photo by Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes

Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to scour their sonic-led memories to pull out the three albums anchoring their musical tastes.

In advance of her Artist Talk and Video Screening (September 22nd and 29th) we spoke with The Lido‘s September artist-in-residence about the records that have really impacted her…

Redd Kross | Phaseshifter

I love the way Phaseshifter is recorded. I actually used it as a reference when recording my last album. It has a big rock sound but there’s still a bit of grime. It feels to me like a bunch of punks doing their best 70s arena rock impression. There’s a subtle sense of humour that makes the album subversive, but they don’t sacrifice anything to irony. The riffs are there.

Bongwater | Too Much Sleep

I am a huge Shimmy Disc fan – their whole discography is amazing. Bongwater has a talent for pulling the listener in with accessible moments, but then isolating them as soon as they get too comfortable. I definitely aspire to create this tension in my music too. They’re perfectly theatrical, dead serious and completely joking at the same time.

Royal Trux | Accelerator

I couldn’t not mention Royal Trux. There’s a Silver Jews lyric that says “I wish I had a thousand bucks, I wish I was the Royal Trux” and that pretty much sums me up. To me their music sounds timeless and futuristic at the same time. This is definitely one of their more accessible albums and it was my gateway into the twisted world of Royal Trux. Music doesn’t get much better than songs like “Juicy Juicy Juice”. The combination of noise and melody is so skillfully crafted.

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