Remember a few months back when that mega Spotify playlist of influences on the new Arctic Monkeys album emerged, and it was considerably more interesting than the record? The track that seemed to elicit more interest was Looking For You by Nino Ferrer. Imagine my surprise when I heard that enigmatic object of exotic desire played on daytime radio this summer in France. It was like Ken Bruce spinning Stereolab.
Anyway, Nino’s uniquely uneasy take on easy listening has inspired me recently to seek out more songs that take all the tropes and use them to create something slightly unnerving. The usual rules of my compilations have gone awry here, because obviously Scott Walker and Lee Hazlewood, as masters of the form, couldn’t be left to just one song. I would also suggest that you listen to this playlist gapless, with the crossfade set to around eight seconds so that all those lush strings and clicky bass parts start to bleed into one. Warning: contains traces of Val Doonican.