We’re launching a new feature today where we ask an artist we’re really enjoying to pick some tracks that mean something to them. This could be on a particular topic, a particular genre, or just some tracks that mean the world to them.
First up today is County Kildare folk-phenomenon, Heidi Talbot. Her fifth album, Here We Go, 1, 2, 3, is out next month via Navigator Record. Discussing the album Heidi has suggested it’s an album about taking risks, and not being afraid to plunge into the unknown. It features more original numbers than any of her previous offerings, and with much of the recording and writing done in her home studio, which she built alongside husband and producer John McCusker, it is perhaps unsurprising that it’s easily her most personal record to date.
Much of the record walks the intriguing line between hope and misery, as Heidi puts it, “it’s as sad as you want to be.” Even the seemingly upbeat the title track is inspired by an old gospel song about death, “I loved the idea of it being quite uplifting, of it not being a funeral hymn, even though it’s about death.”
Whilst we’d originally considered Heidi sharing with us a playlist of her favourite modern folk songs, Heidi’s gone for a more personal touch today and simply shared 10 of her favourite tracks, taking in everyone from Tom Waits to Coldplay. An intriguingly eclectic set from an increasingly eclectic artist, check out her top pop picks below.
1. Tom Waits – I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You
“One of my top 5 favourite Tom Waits songs. This brings back memories of being a kid and listening to my parents vinyl. I can still hear the crackle when I listen to it on CD.”
2. Joni Mitchell – Carey
“I bought Blue when I was 13, and felt like I was really cool because all my friends were listening to what was in the charts. Little did I know it would become one of my favourite albums of all time.”
3. Otis Redding – These Arms Of Mine
“The first time I heard this song I fell in love with Otis’s voice and had to find everything else he had ever recorded. A perfect example of a singer completely lost in a song.”
4. Van Morrison – Into The Mystic
“Reminds me of summers in Ireland when I was a kid. There was a tape of Moondance in the car and I know every word of every song.”
5. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Falling Slowly
“My daughter Molly Mae was just born and this song came on the iPod. It makes me so emotional. A really beautiful song.”
6. Aretha Franklin – Don’t Play That Song
“I moved to NYC when I was 18 and Spirit In The Dark was one of the first albums I bought when I got there. It reminds me of the excitement and butterflies I had when I was finding my feet in a new city and country.”
7. Catatonia – Road Rage
“I love Cerys Matthews voice and I think Catatonia were a great band. This song was constantly on the radio when I was in my last year of school in Ireland, and almost free!”
8. Coldplay – Fix You
“When myself and John (McCusker)started “courting” we would hear this song wherever we would go. I love Coldplay.”
9. The Cranberries – Dreams
“This song was a hit in Ireland when I was around 10. I loved that Dolores O’Riordan, a pop star, was singing in her own (Limerick) accent.”
10. Fairground Attraction – Allelujah
“I’m lucky to call Eddi Reader a friend and she sang this song at myself and my husband John McCuskers wedding. Brilliant song and brilliant band.”
Here We Go, 1, 2, 3 is out September 23rd via Navigator Records. Heidi Talbot’s UK tour starts in September, click HERE for details.