All of the songs listed below were personally chosen by the artist or blogger above. I got in touch with a lot of artists and bloggers who were all kind enough to get back to me and take part in Desert Island Discs. If you’re unaware of the concept behind Desert Island Discs, check out the basic pitch I gave the artists and bloggers I got in touch with. If you’re an artist or blogger and want to take part, just send your submission with the eight pieces of music (not the actual mp3s) and some words about each one to admin (@) listenbeforeyoubuy (dot) net.
Today’s Desert Island Discs is brought to you by the letter Knox Road. When I started LBYB one of the blogs I would regularly go to and look up to was Knox Road and as such was one of the first sites I contacted about doing a Desert Island Discs for me. Both myself and Lee have kept in contact over the last few months and whilst there have been delays on both of our ends, here you have the eight songs that he’d want to be stranded on a desert island with.
“When I told Frank I’d contribute a Desert Island Discs piece, I knew I’d be accessing a deeply buried box of fragile emotions. It’s a big share for me, contributing the songs that actually keep me sane. Good music, by (my) definition, is insane – it can make us feel foolish. And that’s what’s so great about it.
I’m one of those twenty-somethings, so most of the songs that have a great emotional impact on me are of the modern variety — you won’t see any classics on this list, simply because they don’t have the same effect on my imagination.”
1. The Album Leaf – “Wishful Thinking”
I need a song to be entirely instrumental. It’s slow, yes, and it’s probably going to make me depressed (wtf, Lee, you’re totally off-base with this desert island thing!), but the song rises and falls, and it becomes a soundtrack to my travails. I can be what I want to be.
2. Death Cab For Cutie – “The Sound of Settling”
Despite the insanely catchy chorus, this song will never get old. It compels me to action. So when I’m sitting there lazying about, getting my tan on on this (hopefully sunny) island, I’ll go crack some coconuts, or something.
3. Florence & The Machine – “Cosmic Love”
This song grabbed me by the horns as soon as I heard it and it already holds a special place with me. So much going on at once, makes me feel like I’m surrounded by a crowd. I’ll need as many people as I can get on this deserted island. …In my mind, of course.
4. The National – “Baby, We’ll Be Fine”
No National = no life. Inclusion is necessary. This is one of their best, so it comes with.
5. Radical Face – “Doorways”
I heard this song for the first time this year, yet it struck me as close to one-of-a-kind. I can’t help but think of what it was like to be a kid, and I’ll need a lot of that as my beard grows to indeterminate lengths.
6. Stars – “Elevator Love Letter”
One of my favorite songs ever. Need I say more? Okay, fine. “Elevator Love Letter” is that rare song that fully envelops me in its sound, with a light synth, electro-acoustics, and otherworldly (which I guess I wouldn’t need here? Whateverrrr.) Amy Millan vocals.
7. Okkervil River – “Unless It’s Kicks”
Upbeat, slowly building, and certainly not lacking passion. It gets me moving!
8. Justin Bieber – “One Time” (Editor’s note – The only reason this is going up is because I like Lee, although it was still a difficult choice to do so)
To remind me I’m probably better off on the deserted island.