Sarah Davachi

Experimental composer Sarah Davachi on the first and last albums she bought, and one she always returns to


The Smiths
‘The Queen Is Dead’
(Rough Trade/Sire, 1986)

“I truthfully don’t remember the first music I ever bought. I have older siblings, so I grew up with lots of inherited music. I went through the mixtape phase early on, recording stuff from the radio, and shortly after that Napster came along, which I used a lot. ‘The Queen Is Dead’ is the first CD I can remember buying with my own money. I got really into The Smiths, The Cure and Bauhaus when I started junior high, and so began the first of several goth phases I went through during my adolescence.”


Ellen Arkbro & Johan Graden
‘I Get Along Without You Very Well’
(Thrill Jockey, 2022)

“Ellen is a good friend of mine, and I have a great respect for her music. This album doesn’t come out until late September, but the vinyl pre-order is the most recent thing I bought. Much of Ellen’s music is instrumental and somewhat abstracted, but this album sees her work in collaboration to create an incredible collection of slow and minimal songs, featuring her gorgeous voice.”


John Frusciante
‘To Record Only Water For Ten Days’
(Warner, 2001)

“It’s impossible to choose – I have so many that are significant for different reasons. But in the context of physical albums that I bought and experienced in a specific way, this is definitely one of them. I got really into his solo music in high school, after a friend lent me this. He was releasing a lot of solo work in the early 2000s, so it was good timing, but this in particular has always remained a favourite. The CD lived in my car for a good few years.”

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