During the 405's stay at Denmark's SPOT Festival (see here for a photo gallery from our time there) we went record shopping with Lowly in their home city of Aarhus - Lowly having met at a musical academy in the city.

The quintet craft modern pop that will make your heart sing - check out Heba released this year for evidence of this. Nanna and Soffie from the band picked out some of their favourite LPs from a record store that they've frequented a lot - Route 66 - and chatted to Tim Boddy about their choices the day after their set at SPOT.

Nanna Schannong

Patti Smith - Horses: I actually just got this for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, I've wanted it for so long. I've always been a fan of The Velvet Underground, and John Cale produced it (Horses) and I think he's really awesome. The sound of the album is so magical I think, and her lyrical universe is very inspiring.

The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots: If I could I would have taken Soft Bulletin instead, but I think Yoshimi is a very good album too. I like the production and the sound, and the fact that the whole record is a story about this little girl fighting monster robot is a good idea! I really do like The Flaming Lips. I hope to see them live one day.

Amen Dunes - Love: It's an album that I return to a lot, I keep forgetting that it exists. I just saw it in Route 66 now and was all "Oh yeah! I really like this album." It's very melodic but at the same time, it shifts so it's not as predictable as you would probably think with the sound of it. I think the first track of this album is just guitar where she just strums? And then the guitar starts skipping beats so it's so confusing and it sounds like there is something that's wrong with the recording - but it's supposed to sound like that. And I really like that.

Beck - Modern Guilt: Modern Guilt... I just think it sounds amazing.. the production is really really good as is the mix of the album - I like Beck's approach to allowing basically everything. I saw him at a festival a couple of years ago and the energy on stage was just so good, and it felt like the musicians could do anything they wanted to on stage and play whatever. I really loved that - that there are no prejudices about what you can and cannot play.

Foxygen - ...And Star Power: If you're a Foxygen fan then maybe this is a bit of a weird choice, because ...And Star Power is a bit of an experimental record. I think they made one or two albums before this one. But I actually like that it sounds a bit demo-ish, and they have this song where the lyrics are "how can you love someone who can't love you." I think I heard that song live the first time I heard it, and it was awesome.

PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love: It's very awesome and I also own this vinyl - I bought it in Berlin. She actually came pretty late to me, the first album of hers I actually listened to was Let England Shake. I saw her at Roskilde festival and she was amazing. This album is a lot less polished - there's more guitars and more noise, and I'm pretty sure John Parish produced this one. It's one of the earlier records so it's a little more punkish and a little more young sounding.

Blood Orange - Freetown Sound: This is the soundtrack of my last summer, I think it's one of the albums I've listened to the most over the last half a year or so. The drums sound so good and the songs are really catchy. Also because I have this experience with it; like it always came up in certain social situations, so I always get a very good feeling when I listen to it.

Soffie Viemose

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief: I think that's my favourite album by Radiohead. It reminds me of a period of my life where I listened to it a lot, and there's a lot of vocal melodies that I'm very inspired by. Perhaps I even rip them off a little bit [laughs]. It just has very beautiful songs.

Billie Holiday - The Commodore Days: Billie Holiday really means a lot to me - I started out singing a lot of jazz when I was younger, and Holiday and Nina Simone were my favourite singers. The really heart-wrenching stuff that she does; I think she has so much sorrow in her voice and doesn't move a lot around melodically, but she has so much pain that she doesn't need to do a lot. And that's really inspiring.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Boatman's Call: I actually don't know what to say about it! I love 'Into My Arms' - it's just the craziest song and it's so beautiful. He's something that comes out of my life a little bit and then comes back. Sometimes I think he's very cliched; he writes these quite banal songs, but he's the only one that can do that (successfully). I was really surprised by the latest record that they made after his son died, I was blown away that he could actually write like that; he's the only one that can do that. He's so talented. It's simple songwriting in a way, but then on the other hand, it's not at all.

Solange - A Seat At The Table: She's really cool and has been standing in the shadow of Beyoncé for a while, and now this record is just crazy-good. I was really blown away by it and by the production, and also by the simplicity of it. I kind of reconsidered the way we were doing music because there it's so simple! So few elements in it. The other part of it is that she has some very important things to say on the album about being a woman, being a black woman. I think her and Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean are doing some important work right now. Also, just channel-wise something is happening to the way they all use samples and the way that kind of classical melodies are used. It's just a totally new genre I think which is really really inspiring.

CTM - Suite For a Young Girl: CTM is a Danish singer and a cello player and she has some extremely poetic songs that are also very fragmented. Her songs don't have the same idea as a normal song form, they are like a picture where you have so many different spaces to go into. She has the very low and warm sound in her voice. It's very, very beautiful. I love her lyrics too.

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly: Yes I like him a lot, I like to dance to Kendrick. He's very strong and angry, and there's both this pop thing that he has, but he also has a lot of important things to say. It's like getting the best of Rihanna and reading the newspaper. You really feel like you're getting more intelligent while listening to him. It's just so powerful that 'Alright' has been used for marches in the United States. It's just crazy to have an album where you can have people marching to it, and also just go down and shake your ass to it. That's just a really good musician!

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