New Zealand singer Brooke Fraser shows off her eclectic tastes in a playlist exclusively for Wonderland
New Zealand songstress Brooke Fraser has been releasing music for more than a decade – her first album What To Do With Daylight got to number one in her native country and subsequently went platinum. Safe to say she’s something of a legacy act over there, having released three albums, toured with David Bowie and made a name for herself performing acoustic, somewhat safe songs. However while Fraser’s fame has matched those dizzy heights over here in the UK, her new single “Psychosocial” looks set to change that.
Produced by David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything) and recorded in London, the track forgoes subtlety for heavy, throbbing beats and orchestral arrangements – the song adopts something of a kitchen sink approach: there are choirs, a marimba interlude and a decent amount of vocal distortion, for good measure.
In honour of her startlingly fabulous new direction Fraser made us a playlist of her favourite songs: a collection as eclectic as the singer herself.
Flight Facilities – Crave You
For summer afternoons on a Bondi balcony.
Thom Yorke – All For the Best
Mr Yorke’s tasty cover of Miracle Legion’s 1987 “All For the Best”.
Flume & Chet Faker – Drop the Game
I cannot get away from this song, it seems to follow me places.
Thom Yorke – Black Swan
That hypnotic lock of the drums, bass & guitar; that perfectly wonky keyboard tucked perfectly in the mix; that wry vocal. Yes.
NONONO – Like the Wind
I think someone who possibly wasn’t suppose to show me this showed it to me early on, and it tickles my pop-ribs in all the right places.
Susanne Sundfor – White Foxes
I remain convinced that Susanne Sundfor is one of the overlooked geniuses of our time and I am constantly shocked at how few people are aware of her.
SOHN – Lessons
I love everything this guys does.
FTSE – Nite Life ft. Femme
I think this fellow from Leicester is really talented. He did a kooky and incredible remix of my track ‘Psychosocial’ and his wider catalogue is well worth investigation.
Billie Holiday – I’ll Be Seeing You
A vocal should tell the story as much as the lyrics do… hear this done by a master (or mistress, as it were).
Nat King Cole- Sweet Lorraine
Growing up my parent’s record player was broken and we only had a few CDs. “Nat King Cole’s Greatest Hits” was one of the handful, and as a 10 year old I wore it out, entranced by his tone and execution even then.