In celebration of Rachel Sermanni's new album Tied To The Moon - which we thoroughly enjoyed - we decided to invite her to Rough Trade East for our latest Record Shopping feature. Check out Carl Osbourn's stunning photos below, along with a breakdown from Sermanni on her picks.

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Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni
Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni
Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni
Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni
Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni
Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni
Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni

Labor against Waste by Christopher Paul Stelling

Christopher is a fine and fiery performer. I saw him sing in NYC. He let me borrow his guitar for a few gigs about 4 years ago whilst we were visiting on our way to SXSW. He's doing well touring the world. I look forward to hearing this record. I've been meaning to for ages.


Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni

Lily-O by Sam Amidon

This man is one of my most favourite people to witness in music and in life in general. I think he is a most truthful and wise and sensitive performer ('performer' doesn't seem the best word), and this album is absolutely amazing. It is beautiful. Bill Frisell plays real well too.


Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni

Let England Shake by PJ Harvey

This is the only album I know of PJ's. Which might be peculiar. I love it. It is raw, dark, sparse and rhythmic. Almost primitive.


Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni

Pale Green Ghosts by John Grant

John Grant is another deeply special musician and person for me. I think he is brave and full of guts and grace. So blatant and cold are his lyrics and his musical ear is wonderfully twisted. He seems to juxtapose sonics, and tap into true human being-ness with his ways and words.


Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni

Just Kids by Patti Smith / HOWL by Allen Ginsberg

On 'Just Kids': I read the first part of this book in sunny L.A. Her description of her childhood and her ideas as a small child resonated so much with me. I was entrenched and invested in her story from there. I remember closing the book on the introduction thinking 'I have a new hero.' And I can't believe it took me until I was 22 to find her.

On 'HOWL': I love this little book. I kept it with me, in my pocket, for a lot of my touring days in '13, '14. I loved the freedom his words instilled. I liked the simplicity and the absurdity and the crudity. I remember sitting in the bleak morning UK sun, on a pavement outside a petrol station whilst touring with my TM Johnny Ray. I had a polystyrene tray with a lonely Weetabix and a pool of UHT milk on my lap and I was reading HOWL. At some point I guessed exactly the line that was coming next. It was this moment I thought perhaps I was embodying his thoughts too much and stopped reading for a while. One of my favourite poems by Ginsberg is this:

'I
Why'


Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni

Until I Find You by Doug Paisley

If his album Strong Feelings or Constant Companion were here I would present one of those. They are both such beautiful records. Doug has a gentle way about him, but his songs are strong. Words and musical dispositions are very thought-provoking, and he is an exceptional guitarist. This song, sung with Bonnie Prince Billie, is really brilliant too. Got a really cool video.


Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni

Alasdair Roberts

This guy is from Glasgow. We have shared a few moments but I have never been in the right place or the right time to listen to a full set of his. However, I heard him singing an old traditional song with just his voice in a pub called The Flying Duck during Celtic Connections and he sung with such heart and stomach. He's great. I like what he stands for. I like his quiet steadfastness.


Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni

Ground Of It's Own by Sam Lee

Sam has the coolest band. All sorts of bonkers, beautiful instruments and exceptional musicians. His interpretation of old songs is so very fresh and fluid and flamboyant in a sort of understated way. I like that he seeks to preserve and renew all at once. This is a cool album.


Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni
Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni
Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni
Record Shopping With Rachel Sermanni