Up and coming indie star James Bay lists the albums which have had the biggest impression on him over the years.
Bill Withers: Live at Carnegie Hall.
This was the first Bill Withers record I ever bought. I was immediately drawn to Live at Carnegie Hall. I took it home, put it on and remember how as soon as it finished; I leaned over and hit play again, straight away. I was so hooked, I remember having it on repeat for the rest of the week.
John Mayer: Continuum
It wasn’t until I discovered John Mayer’s Continuum that I really started trying out lyric ideas and melodies over the top of those guitar parts, and started to write songs.
I got into Feist, like so many other when I discovered the 2007 album The Reminder. And although that album includes some amazing and widely successful songs – such as 1,2,3,4 and Limit To Your Love, for me it’s on Metals that Feist’s music really comes to life. Turn the volume up all the way on the biggest pair of speakers you can find and the raw emotion on this record is monstrous.