Sound & Vision with Angie McMahon

Since putting out her debut single at the end of 2017, it’s been a hectic couple of years for Australian singer/songwriter, Angie McMahon.

And following the release of her raw and emotive debut album, Salt, in July, she’ll be back in the UK in November and December for a tour with Julia Jacklin. In the meantime, we caught up with Angie to chat influences and the person she is striving to be. These are her Sound & Vision picks:

Three favourite albums:

Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen

I want to make a record the way he made this record. A 4-track tape recorder, nothing but his own voice, and playing and experimenting. This album feels like it exists in its own world, and has inspired so many of the songwriters that I love.

My Woman – Angel Olsen 

This album gave me some direction towards the type of artist I could be, and cemented the things that I love about lyrics and having a band and being a self-aware woman. I really look up to her as an artist.

Hymns of the 49th Parallel – k.d lang 

This was one of the first albums I remember loving. It’s mostly covers of Canadian songs – Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young – but when I heard it as a kid, I thought k.d lang wrote all the songs. She performs them like she did. Her vocal control is nuts.

One favourite book:

The last book I read was great – Notes to Self by Emilie Pine

I’m looking everywhere for guidance on how to grow up into the type of woman I want to be. Luckily, there’s gems like this full of anecdotes and empathy and stripping the shame away from things.

One favourite film:

Die Hard 

It’s so silly, but it makes me feel so good.

A song that’s important to me:

Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell

I think because it’s a reminder that you don’t have to have everything figured out, and there’s different and equally beautiful versions of this song that make me think of growth and open-mindedness and feelings feelings feelings.

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