Charm of Finches,
The TVD First Date

“We’ll be honest and say we’re pretty new to vinyl. We’re 18 and 21 years old and we grew up with CDs and now we live in the age of streaming.”

“When we were really little, our dad had a bizarre record player called the “sound burger.” It didn’t really look at all like a burger, but because it was called that we were fascinated and thought it did look like one. We loved watching him put the record on as if it was the meat pattie in the middle (we have always been vegetarians, btw). He listened to a LOT of Bob Dylan on that player, and we both realised he must have played Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks extremely often because we know the lyrics for “Tangled Up In Blue” deep in our bones. Also, “Idiot Wind” was a pretty funny song name to us. Something unfortunate must have happened to the burger, because at some point it disappeared and was replaced by a regular turntable.

It’s not until we recently inherited an old record player and a few records from our parents that we’ve started collecting vinyl. We hunted through the shed and cupboards of our family home to see what was lying around. Our mum is a Kate Bush fan, and we claimed Hounds of Love and The Kick Inside, both sublime albums. It’s interesting transitioning to the two-sided listening experience. You start wondering how the artist decided which were to be on side 1 or side 2. There is the choice to create two moods, two shades.

One of our friends gave us Sufjan Stevens’ The Greatest Gift: Mixtape (Outtakes, Remixes and Demos from Carrie and Lowell) on vinyl—an album we revere. The mixtape is an incredible collection, containing everything from iPhone demos to the heart-wrenching epic track “Wallowa Lake Monster,” a song which features so much beautiful poetry and tragedy and small details which Sufjan does so well. Our song “Treading Water” has a fairly generous nod to that aspect of Sufjan’s writing. We played around with mixing in small details into that song, and we are very happy with the effect.

There is something pretty magic about listening to Carrie and Lowell on a turntable. The songs are immersed in the past, his grief album for his mother, and the memories of his childhood are so vivid. Sufjan creates such detailed scenes and delicate moments—his songwriting is so inspiring.

It really makes sense to listen to the album on a turntable from start to finish—such a different experience to the playlist-based listening of digital streaming. There is such intention in the act of placing the record on the plate and lovingly lowering the needle—a commitment to give the album your full attention—which is exactly what we do with his music. We have a bunch of friends who are all musicians, and we have spent glorious nights deep diving into Sufjan’s music, lying sleepily on the floor.”
Charm of Finches

“Treading Water,” the new single from Charm of Finches is in stores now.

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