Antoine de Saint-Exupery once said ‘a designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away’. Few bands embody this outlook more than London-based Pozi, with their ultra stripped back lineup of drums (Toby Burroughs), bass (Tom Jones), and violin (Rosa Brook). The decision to eschew guitars entirely from their setup is unusual – especially for a band playing what could broadly be called post-punk – yet it works, brilliantly.

The band announced themselves last year with the fractious Grenfell Tower elegy ‘KCTMO’, then followed up with ‘Watching You Suffer’, recounting a friend’s experiences of mental health institutes. Recent single, the haunting ‘Engaged’, deals with technology addiction.

If all this paints Pozi as chin-stroking cultural commentators, the reality is very different indeed. On stage they are vibrant and immersive, with Burroughs’ vocals recalling a hyper-energised Robert Wyatt. But it’s Rosa Brook’s violin that steals the show, alternately jabbing toward, and adding gorgeous swathes of colour to, Tom Jones’s skeletal basslines.

In the week they release their superb debut album PZ1 (Prah Records), I caught up with the band at Rough Trade East, and asked them about some of their favourite records...

Rosa Brook

Sly and the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On

It’s full of despair and confrontation, facing up to the times, trying to come up with solutions through music. I once saw Sly and the Family Stone onstage with Prince at a festival – I can’t remember much of it, but I do remember the majesty of that show.

The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground

I don’t really need to say anything about this, do I? My dad listened to it constantly, so it informed a lot of my ideas about what music should be. I’m a huge fan of John Cale’s solo work, too.

Glen Campbell – Greatest Hits

It was quite infamous how much I played this in my room, in the attic. ‘Wichita Lineman’ is one of the best songs ever written. That signalling noise, that feeling of being far away from someone... you can hear it emulated in the lyrics. I could never get bored of it.

Julia Holter – Ekstasis

This was released in 2012 as I was just coming out of uni, hadn’t ever gigged before, and was writing electronic music myself. Her way of writing is so imaginative and ahead of its time – and that ironic use of vocoder and effects keeps it from being too serious.

The Beta Band – The Three EPs

Again, my dad used to play this all the time when I was growing up. ‘Dry the Rain’ has picked me up when I’ve been severely sad; I think there’s no harm in that pounding, uplifting feel – it’s unapologetically happy.

Toby BurroughsPiL – Second Edition

This is the US version of Metal Box. It’s unbelievable – the mood, the atmosphere created… the effect of that with the words that John Lydon provides is just completely otherworldly.

Outkast – Speakerboxxx / The Love Below

Outkast are the last pop act I can think of that are extremely interesting, experimental – but fun, too. They’re played on the radio but they’re challenging perceptions of what music is.

Devo – Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Devo

I love cartoons – Henry’s Cat is one of my biggest influences. This is cartoon music, I think – such a sense of personality and humour. The song structures, the melodies, it’s just wonderful music.

Björk – Debut

I’ve listened to this album so many times – it’s fun, a bit silly, but with some serious moments. We’re obviously nothing like Björk, but that simplicity, that sense of space, with a variety of sounds to create a mood, is exactly what we’re trying to do.

Television Personalities – They Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles

This is possibly my favourite album. I used to know Dan Treacy pretty well about ten years ago, when I was playing in another band. Their ambition, creating different moods with a simple setup, not trying to be slick or anything… loads of character. I much prefer bands who show ambition and variety.

Tom Jones

The Fall – I Am Kurious Oranj

There’s so much to choose from with The Fall. It’s easy to think they were just Mark E. Smith the whole time, but they were a band too. This has my favourite Fall song, ‘Big New Prinz’ on it, purely because I love Mark shouting ‘he is not appreciated!’ over and over again.

Television Personalities – Mummy Your Not Watching Me

One of the first times me and Toby jammed, we talked about music we liked. I don’t meet many people who like Television Personalities, and instantly I was like ‘you’re a great person’. I love this album for the song ‘Liechtenstein Painting’, a kind of beautiful, sad nursery rhyme.

The Birthday Party – Junkyard

First of all, what an incredible cover! I’m a bit of a latecomer to The Birthday Party but I’ve always liked Nick Cave, so I listened to this and it’s fantastic.

Sleaford Mods – English Tapas

I love Jason’s anger and rage, somewhere between Mark E. Smith and John Cooper Clarke. They’re also really funny – when you’re dealing with dark subjects, using humour is quite difficult. On the song ‘Drayton Manored’ they use that ‘beep beep’ you hear when you walk into a supermarket, with the line ‘a trip to Spar is like a trip to Mars’ – I just think that’s just great.

PZ1 is out now on Prah Records. Watch the video for 'Engaged' below.