Frances Castle

The Hardy Tree’s Frances Castle on the first and last records she bought, plus her go-to album


The Beatles
‘Meet The Beatles!’
(EMI/Capitol, 1964)

“The first record I ever bought was ‘Meet The Beatles!’. I got it at a jumble sale when I was at primary school. It probably cost around 20p. I still have it and it’s very scratched, but I don’t think it was in great condition when I got it. It’s a perfect introduction to pop music. I didn’t come from a musical family – it was something I had to discover for myself, and this did the job.”


Alice Coltrane
‘Journey In Satchidananda’
(Impulse!, 1971)

“Alice Coltrane’s ‘Journey In Satchidananda’ is a record that I’ve been listening to a lot recently. I’m slowly beginning to appreciate more jazz and I guess this is a really good starting point for me. It’s a mystical, psychedelic record, and I hear more things every time I hear it. I believe it was influenced by eastern religions, and this makes sense – when I listen, it feels like a whole new world of sound and rhythm is revealing itself to me.”


Steve Hauschildt
‘Where All Is Fled’
(Krank, 2015)

“A lot of records had a profound effect on me when I was a student. I love it when I stumble on someone playing Jonathan Richman’s ‘Road Runner’, for instance, but I rarely go back to purposely listen. Steve Hauschildt’s ‘Where All is Fled’ is one record I’ve played more than any other over the last five years. It’s the most beautiful electronic album, full of delayed arpeggios and lovely melodies that are totally hypnotic. I never get tired of it.”

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