Sound Advice - My Top 5
- Stuart Braithwaite
- 1 March 2009
Stuart Braithwaite, guitarist and founding member of Glasgow band Mogwai, takes time out from his current tour to reveal the top tunes that keep him bopping while he’s travel hopping
1. Kraftwerk - Ruckzuck
This is a fantastic driving song and quite possibly my favourite song to utilize the flute, which always gets you extra points with me. It also has some great motorik drumming (a repetitive beat specific to Krautrock music). It really gets me moving.
2. Neu! - Hallo Gallo
All Neu! songs are great for traveling because of the repetition of the rhythms. Being on the road all the time can be quite dull if truth be told and music with recurring patterns helps to get you in a trance like state, which makes time pass more quickly.
3. Bardo Pond - Amen
This song has a special place in my heart as it is exactly the same length of time that it takes to drive from the centre of Glasgow to my parents house (29 minutes). I also often listen to it when driving home after concerts; it’s very meditative and features a lovely, relaxing field recording of a bell.
4. Sunn o))) - Helloween
This is a long droney song that is great to listen to while travelling. Like a lot of sparse, atmospheric music, it sounds best on the move - as listening to it when stationary can raise questions that are perhaps better left unanswered.
5. Townes Van Zandt - I'll Be Here In the Morning
This song, rather than just being suitable to listen to whilst travelling is also literally about travelling. It’s a wonderful song from an often under-rated country-folk musician, who spent a lot of his time on the road - just like us, and hundreds of other bands, I suppose.