Love Letter To A Record: Nick Littlemore Of PNAU On Majical Cloudz’s ‘Impersonator’

Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs in your brain and inspired you to take a big leap of faith into the unknown – music is often the catalyst for change in our lives and can even help shape who we become.

In this series, Music Feeds asks artists to reflect on their relationship with music and share with us stories about the effect music has had on their lives.

Here are their love letters to records that forever changed their lives.

Nick Littlemore, PNAU – Majical Cloudz’s Impersonator

Majical Cloudz’s Impersonator. I don’t know who turned me on to it, but I think it was about two years ago, or 18 months ago, anyway it was just prior to me having my psychedelic revolution as such. It’s the record I’ve listened more to than anything else since. So over the last 18 months, almost daily and certainly while I’ve been travelling and if I’m in a weird, anxious state, which seems to be more and more, it kind of grounds me.

It’s really simplistic. It’s voice, a synth or a piano sound, a little bit of drums sometimes, but it’s certainly not a rhythmic based record. What he is saying, the way he is saying it, to me the only thing I can liken it to in feeling is Joy Division. It’s the same feeling I get from Joy Division, but it’s not guitary, or that kind of Martin Hannett sound, it’s very bare.

It’s his choice of words. I can see what he’s singing about, it’s very visual for me. I mean music is visual anyway, but it reminds me of being in Montreal and being super depressed and fucked up and I just love it. You know how they say depression is addictive and maybe I’m just addicted to being sad, listening to that record.

An album I’m making right now, which is kind of a solo album of sorts that I’ve been making with Luke Million, is a lead vocal thing that I’ve been struggling with, but at the same time enjoying. I think that there is something of Devon Welsh, the main person behind Majical Cloudz, in there. I never try to do anything that’s copying someone’s style or whatever, but there is a way of addressing an audience that I think I’ve learned from Mr Welsh for sure.

PNAU’s latest record ‘Changa’ is out now. Their national tour kicks off July 13th. Dates and details below.

PNAU 2018 ‘Changa’ National Tour

Saturday, 14th July SOLD OUT

Metropolis, Fremantle

Tickets: PNAU’s Website

Wednesday, 18th July

Bar On The Hill, Newcastle

Tickets: PNAU’s Website

Thursday, 19th July

Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Tickets: PNAU’s Website

Friday, 20th July SOLD OUT

170 Russell, Melbourne

Tickets: PNAU’s Website

Also playing Splendour In The Grass

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