Heather Trost’s Top Ten Sounds Behind “Agistri”

From A Hawk & A Hacksaw to her first solo album, the singer songwriter discusses the songs that shaped her indie tastesHeather Trost Agistri Interview

Best known as one-half of the duo A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Heather Trost has now released her first proper solo album, Agistri. It’s a solid expression of individualism, experimentalism, and plain-and-simple awesome tunes.

Recorded in New Mexico, the album features contributions from Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeremy Barnes, Deerhoof’s John Dieterich and Drake Hardin & Rosie Hutchinson of Mammal Eggs. Built upon the sounds of vintage keyboards, the music is bright and dreamy with a touch of psychedelia – it demands replay, and it demands volume.

ARTISTdirect caught up with Heather to discuss the sounds that influenced her formative years of listening to tunes and buying music, to get some sense of the shapes that helped build her musical DNA. Here’s what she said…

First live show I attended…

The first show I remember was Stevie Nicks when I was in high school, it was outdoors and there was this beautiful soft desert rain storm which was perfect for her music and made everything smell and look amazing.

First song I learned to play…

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

The song that encouraged me to learn my instrument of choice…

My Grandma sent me a tape of Jascha Heifetz for my 3 birthday, and there was this Rachmaninoff song called Vocalise that I fell in love and made me want to learn the violin.

The song that reminds me of home…

The Beach Boys ‘Surf’s Up”

My guilty secret track…

PM Dawn’s “Set Adrift” on Memory Bliss.

The song I wish I wrote…

“Waterloo Sunset” by the Kinks is one of the most perfect songs by an amazing musician and band leader, Ray Davies

The finest song from my all time hero…

Harry Nilsson’s version of “Without You” is a great song. Originally written by Badfinger’s Pete Ham and Tom Evans, their version is ok too, hard to mess up this song. Nilsson’s version is the best in my opinion.

The song I’ve written of which I’m most proud…

I’m really proud of “Abiquiu”, it’s an instrumental song on my new album Agistri. It came out in this cinematic flowing way that felt totally natural.

The song that should be played at my funeral…

Alice Coltrane’s “Journey in Satchidananda”, transcendent and uplifting.

My favorite track from my most recent project….

“Agistri” is my current favorite, I love playing it live with my band, super fun and psychedelic, I think it’s the song I feel like I totally let go and just sing my heart out, plus the synthesizer freak out at the end is really tops.

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