A debut album is frequently a test drive of sorts, a labour of love combined with innocent euphoria that rarely represents a pondered communication of emotion and/or identity. But this is not the case for Faith Eliott. The Minnesota-born Glasgow-based artist's debut LP is a mature body of work both thematically and sonically, with its core concept emerging from their interest in medieval bestiaries and translating into a cohesive collection of tunes.

To get us properly ready for Impossible Bodies, Faith Eliott has put together an amazing playlist of the album's main inspirations; ranging from Jason Molina to Ivor Cutler, passing through the likes of Saint Saëns and Sufjan Stevens, this is an unmissable treat on its own and a valuable companion for the forthcoming release. Moreover, Eliott provides extra insight for every track, helping us understand the way this heterogeneous mix influenced the LP. Read on.

'Nautilus' - Anna Meredith

This is a genius bit of music. There are no lyrics but you get everything you need from the title 'Nautilus'. It's so clearly the perfect soundtrack to a chase scene with a huge, murderous cephalopod in a B-movie horror.

'Longpig' - Perfume Genius

I've been a big fan of Perfume Genius from his first release Learning. I've loved hearing how his music has evolved from these fragile, lo-fi songs to something so sonically epic, but still without compromising any of the sincerity.

'Pet Carrot' - Palehound

Palehound is one of the bands I'm listening to a lot right now. I am enjoying how many of her songs are about food.

'Mythical Kings & Iguanas' - Dory Previn

This song always makes me think of this really dated book I found once in a second-hand book shop about the Galapagos and the people that lived there. There was a story in it about a man who built his house from the black volcanic rock and had iguanas living in his grandfather clock.

'Catfish' - Waxahatchee

A beautiful, simple song. I love the guitar sound especially.

'Aquarium' - Camille Saint-Saens

When I was a kid I went to a ballet production of Carnival of the Animals. I still have really vivid memories of the fishy puppets and costumes. I tried to rebuild my recollections of it a bit with the video for 'Loomis'.

'Lioness' - Songs:Ohia

I never tire of Jason Molina. There's always something innately compelling in his delivery and his lyrics are so perfectly balanced. RIP <3

'Black Dog' - Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson, where to even start. I think what this song, in particular, is a good example of is how unafraid he is to mix the mythological or supernatural with the totally mundane. For some reason, people seem to shy away from this sort of thing in songwriting and opt to use more ambiguity and metaphor. Maybe it's a fear of diminishing the emotive nature of the music. But I'm a firm believer that more specific you are, the sharper the significance you create. "Slow is the black dog in the sky. Who pisses and slobbers all over the world. From Belford to Wooler, to Beadnell and Ford. He slowly devours the land"

'Shark Smile' - Big Thief

Capacity was pretty much all I listened to when I was touring in the States a few years ago. It was a big influence on how I wanted my own songs to sound when I went to record.

'A Beast in A Barn' - Diane Cluck

This is such a lovely recording. When I make demos it's usually just with a dictaphone which picks up a lot of the world's noise. Recording "properly" with studio gear is always really tempting but one day I would really like to put out something that sounds more like this.

'Sleeping Bear' - Sufjan Stephens

I'm always envious of how some people seem to be able to write a song that feels so complete with so few lyrics. However, I can really relate a lot to the way Sufjan Stephens approaches songwriting. He seems to be a story hoarder.

'There's a Turtle in My Soup' - Ivor Cutler

The best acid trip I ever had was spent sitting in my room all night listening to Ivor Cutler with a group of friends. We all laughed so hard we cried. His work is funny and surreal but it's so much more than a novelty. Its masterful absurdity. There's also a beautiful gentleness in his character. I can highly recommend him as a spirit guide.

Impossible Bodies is out today via OK PAL Records.