Franz Kirmann

Composer/multi-instrumentalist Franz Kirmann on the first and last records he bought, and the one he always turns to in an emergency


Depeche Mode
‘Some Great Reward’ 
(Mute, 1984)

“I grew up in Senegal and got this on cassette from a street vendor. I asked my mum to buy it for me, it was the mid-to-late 1980s. It shaped a lot of my musical taste. It took me a while to get into it, but I loved the contrast of the harsh industrial sounds and sweetness of the melodies. It was because of Depeche Mode that I got into industrial, coldwave and EBM as a teenager.” 


Smagghe & Cross
(Offen Music, 2020)

“I bought this on Bandcamp from Vladimir Ivkovic’s label, Offen Music. It’s hard to describe, it’s a pretty awkward record! It doesn’t sound like anything else around. It’s very intimate, with a fragile sadness and there’s a vulnerability about it. I will be spending a lot of lonely hours in its company.”


My Bloody Valentine
(Creation, 1991)

“What is there to say that hasn’t already been said about this album? A truly unique sound, the drums are muffled, you can’t make out the words, the wall of noise, it sounds like a broken radio… It’s like you are not hearing the music, but remembering it. This is an album that still holds so much mystery to me and that’s probably why I love it so much.”

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