Set to release sometime this year the follow-up to 2018’s gloriously eclectic indie pop EP, las drogas son (no) buenas para ti, savedhistory (aka Nads) has been teasing fans with snippets of what’s to come over the past few months. If there’s one thing for certain, it’s this talented, ever-shifting musician acquires influences from various places.
You hear it in their surprise stylistic changes, their lighthearted (or maybe dead serious) taunts to drastically shift direction, and their overall enigmatic nature. Part of the fun is not knowing what to expect—to give listeners some ground, we asked the artist to name five albums that have played some role in their life.
Cemeteries – Barrow (2015)
“Someone very close to me introduced me to Cemeteries when I was 15. I remember the song ‘Sodus’ being the first I ever heard from them, before digging through the rest. Their album Barrow blurs the line between happiness and melancholy—these are songs that make me feel connected to my inner self, reminiscing through old memories. I listen to this almost everyday, and it’s been four years. I don’t think I’ll ever find another record as significant as this.”
All Time Low – Dirty Work (2011)
“I still know the lyrics to every track on this album, because my sister and I used to listen to it every morning on the way to school. We bonded over bands like All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens, Of Mice & Men, Tonight Alive, etc. She influenced me a lot with regards to the pop punk/rock scene when I was younger, and it’s quite funny looking back. The phases have seemed to stop since; everything now just blurs into one.”
Grouper – Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill (2008)
“This album convinced me to start writing music. It made me understand that sometimes, it’s okay to be personal, and not everyone will appreciate your art, but that doesn’t mean you should stop creating. This album perfectly reaches that specific kind of mood that takes you to some alternate world. Coming across Grouper was one of the best things to ever happen to me.”
Neon Indian – Era Extraña (2011)
“I’d just graduated from my pop punk phase when my best friend recommended me this, and it took a couple listens before I actually started liking it. Era Extraña helped me realize the more you listen to new music, the more you learn how to listen, and that’s when music opens up and lets you explore outside your comfort zone.”
Michael Johnson – Then & Now (1997)
“I grew up listening to my dad playing this every morning on full blast, even in car rides going to the province, and it’s stuck with me forever. I’m putting this album on the list because ‘Bluer Than Blue’ still bops to this day.”
~Words by Kurvine Anna Chua