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PlASTIC MERMAID’S TOM FARREN REVEALS HIS FANTASY ALBUM TRACKLISTING

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF FANTASY ALBUMS WHERE MUSIC FANS ARE PUT TO THE TEST TO DECIPHER THEIR ULTIMATE COLLECTION.

The rules are simple(ish): they can’t repeat an album, and to just make it that little bit more interesting they have to use the same track number from another album. For example, Track 1 could be the opening track of the incredible Stone Roses’ debut ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Track 2 could be Blur’s ‘Song 2′ – you get the idea? – basically their fave track 1,2,3 etc from 10 different albums.

This month’s Fantasy Album is curated by Tom Farren bassist from Isle of Wight’s Plastic Mermaids. Plastic Mermaids have been releasing EPs since 2014 and made their debut album this year ‘Suddenly Everyone Explodes’ on Sunday Best. The five-piece are famous for their DIY attitude to performances and touring – and on their current tour they are staying at fan’s lodgings to enable the band to afford to update their studio. They have been compared to The Flaming Lips, but their debut is a cross-section of genres incorporating jazz, folk, rock, electro and psychedelia.

Their debut album has been a hit with the critics and anyone lucky enough to see them over the summer festival season will testify to their incredible live shows. So we are very happy to see what tracks Tom has chosen for his Fantasy Album.

Track 1: ‘Something On Your Mind’- Karen Dalton

Her voice breaks like Miles Davis’ trumpet in all the right places, sometimes she doesn’t quite hit the note spot on and it’s all flawed in the most beautiful, human way. I love voices with that quality, like Phosphorescent or Tom Waits as well. “

Track 2: ‘Elvis’ Flaming Star’- Pond

Discovered this album during the hottest summer on record (I think) and it reminds me of that time, the beach and the bio luminescent plankton I swam in on a completely empty beach at night under a clear sky. One of my favourite memories.” 

Track 3: ‘Time Moves Slow’ – Bad Bad Not Good

This track brings a ton of emotional weight with it for me. Like a present of a sweater you made for someone that just sits in the corner of your room and you never gave it to them and now it’s too late. But it’s also a fucking great track! (Just realised emotional baggage is a bit of a theme for these ten tracks – whoopsy do) .”

Track 4: ‘Dawn Chorus’ – Thom Yorke

 “It’s literally a deep kind of magic when some Molecules shoved towards your ear drum in a certain way can make you cry. Just the sound of the synths are enough for me. Watch the Thom Yorke Netflix thing! It’s beautiful and this track is in it. “

Track 5: ‘Lying Has To Stop’ – Soft Hair

My incredible friend Flo recently moved out of my spare room to go live in Brighton and I miss her dearly. Basically we spent a year living together, playing Mario Kart, drinking tea, making music, dancing like cretins to this track and crying into our Ramen about our breakups, badly managed lives or our misadventures on Tinder. Without really knowing it I think we might have supported each other through some of the hardest times of our lives. Flo sings with us live most of the time. Oh and you must follow her drawings of Instagram which she started during this time, she’s called PussyEtc. 

Track 6: ‘I Need You’ – Nick Cave

Where the emotion for this track and the album it’s on comes from is unbelievable, to lose a child and channel some of that emotion into making this work of art is terrifying and makes for some of the most effecting music I’ve ever heard. My favourite author Neil Gaiman once said “whenever you feel like you’re giving too much of yourself away in your art and you want to destroy it, that’s when you know for certain your onto a great thing and must carry on.”

Track 7: ‘Carrie & Lowell’ – Sufjan Stevens

Subtle, quiet and darkly effecting, love this track sooooo much and it’s often on late at night when I can’t sleep.

Track 8: ‘In Stitches’ – The Bad Plus

“This builds from the smallest embers of sound and over about 12 minutes grows so slowly, via the flames of fucking relentless musicianship, into a cacophony that zaps in a split second into THE raddest groove. Honestly no exaggeration, the first time I heard this I had some really expensive headphones on, was listening to it waaaay too loud and had my jaw dropped almost the whole way through. It blew my puny mind. “

Track 9: ‘Harper Simon’ – The Shine

The lyrics!!!! – “Maybe I didn’t love you how you wanted, but I’ve never loved anyone more”….I like sad songs…. “

Track 10: ‘ All We Have Is Now’ – The Flaming Lips

Like all the best music this album took me ages to get into, it was so fresh and otherworldly I think it has to form grooves and patterns in your brain before you can start to understand it, that’s why I think all my favourite albums I didn’t really know what to make of them the first few listens. The message in this track is spot on and it’s the best way to end this “album” of ten tracks. “

Hope you like this little bit of self indulgence. Currently sat in the van on the way to our Brighton gig on our tour and I neeeed a weeeeee. Come see a gig of ours if you fancy it, if you don’t like the music you can at least enjoy the schadenfreude of watching us struggling to create too many sounds for only 5 people whilst strictly never using a backing track (because…come on….that is a relentless cop out right????!!!) This list would definitely come out different if I did this another day. It would change every time I did it so this is just today’s ten tracks.”

Tom – Plastic Mermaids

A truly eclectic tracklisting and this has already introduced me to a few new artists.

Plastic Mermaids are currently on tour, you can buy your tickets here and you can get your news and grab their merch/records from their official website www.plasticmermaids.com/

Enjoy their recent,breathtaking live performance of Yoyo below: