TVAM stands as one man, Joe Oxley, but represents an army of cross-medium influence.
His sound ties in the irresistible nostalgia of Boards of Canada, Suicide‘s deconstructed rock’n’roll, and My Bloody Valentine‘s penetrating noise. On-screen influence is taken from Adam Curtis, as Oxley smashes up the ideas into fragments and reassembles them. We caught up with TVAM to find out his 8 tracks for almost every occasion.
1. The first single I ever bought: Girl From Mars – Ash. “After years of cast-offs from my older sister, this is the first single I bought. Not sure what edged this above any other at the time. Probably sounded great whilst pumped-up on wine gums and 2000 AD.
2. My track of the moment: Some Sunsick Day – Morgan Delt. “THAT keyboard riff”
3. A get-out-of-bed track on a sunny day: Dig For Fire – Pixies. “I need some encouragement in the morning (sunshine or showers.) This has about the right level of sun-kissed enthusiasm but takes its time getting there.”
4. A track that I’ve played to death: Seeland – Neu. “I don’t know how this happened but this track became the go-to song to help get my baby son to sleep… It’s the soundtrack to an unspoken battle of wills and an ode to early-onset backache.”
5. A track to get me dancing: We’re Pretty Quick – The Chob. “Best sixties garage floor filler there is.”
6. A track to take me back: L.A. – The Fall. “Spent my college days deep in This Nation’s Saving Grace.”
7. A track I’d play at midnight on a Sunday: Anything by Food Pyramid. “Get your ass to sleep, Joe.”
8. A track by my newest favourite artist: Szechuan – Fatima Al Qadiri. “Her latest album is incredible but I chose this for its lingering riff.”