Ears We Trust: Tucker Martine
Portland, Ore.-based producer Tucker Martine has helmed albums by the likes of The Decemberists, Laura Veirs, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down and Bill Frisell. He just wrapped a record with Tift Merritt, and he makes his own music as Mount Analog. Here’s what he’s listening to and loving.
Cup of Loneliness: The Classic Mercury Years
For my money, easily one of the great voices of all time, whether he’s singing a heartbreaker or “If I don’t love you, grits ain’t groceries.” I love the way the sound cuts through and breaks up all at once.
He lulls you with his steel-string finger picking and then ambushes you with a wall of horns, electric sounds and steel.
Journey in Satchidananda
Perhaps the first jazz record I ever “got.” It sounds more sublime every time I hear it. Where does this music come from?
This Swedish trio made my favorite record to wake up and fall asleep to. This music will improve your dreams.
Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
At the top of his form, and wonderfully recorded. I hang on every word as each of these little sonic films unfold.