As part of our Placeholder series, we're asking some of our favourite artists an incredibly simple question: 'what are you reading?'. A pretty great way to find out what you should be spending your money on if you ask us.


Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (1934)

"If you have only seen Essen or Manchester or Chicago or Levallois-Perret or Glasgow or Hoboken or Canarsie or Bayonne you have seen nothing of the magnificent emptiness of progress and enlightenment."

There was a lyric on our first album that referenced the Tropic of Capricorn - I was actually talking about the tropic rather than the book but I've been meaning to read Henry Miller since. I wasn't sure whether to start with Cancer or Capricornbecause it's a prequel, in the same way I wouldn't know whether to tell my children to begin Star Wars with IV or I (I probably wouldn't let them know the latter exists tbh).

I love the way his writing feels like a sprawling tangent of thought, non-linear and constantly unravelling. I'm always slightly thrown by books without chapter breaks, but this one wouldn't work any other way: starting it was like turning on a tap, or opening a tube of Pringles. My friend showed me this amazing monologue in his bathroom (from Asleep and Awake, 1975) on YouTube the other day and I wondered if any of my friends would still be that eloquent and insightful at 81, or even 31 for that matter.



Spector's new album, Moth Boys, is out now on Fiction Records. Watch the video for 'Stay High' by heading here.