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For Under the Radar‘s 11th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the important issues of the last year, as well as some quirkier subjects. Check out our next print issue and digital issue for surveys from My Morning Jacket, Foals, Amanda Palmer, Local Natives, Wild Nothing, These New Puritans, Lanterns on the Lake, Xiu Xiu, and Summer Camp.

Here are answers from Spain’s Delorean. Delorean’s Apar was released last year on True Panther.

Top 10 Albums of 2013

We’re sorry but this is not exactly in order of preference, excepting the first!

1. John Talabot: DJ-Kicks-This pretty much puts together a lot of things that explain John Talabot’s music.
Oneohtrix Point Never: R Plus Seven-Contains all the elements that we love in music aka Philip-Glass-style arppeggios, Enya-ish airy vocals and some cheesy ‘80s arrangements.
Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City-The most classic vampire album, plus the awesome production from Ariel Rechtsaid gives a really contemporary touch.
Arp: More-Great Eno-esque style exercise (though there are many more things here than just Eno).
Dean Blunt: The Redeemer-As dark and moving as good.
Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe-Just great pop.
FKA twigs: EP2-Really looking forward to the full-length!
Various Artists: Greco Roman: We Make Colourful Music Because We Dance in the Dark-Contains all the classics from one of our favorite labels.
James Holden: The Inheritors-As complex as always, this is pure James Holden.
Phoenix: Bankrupt!-We really love the imperfection and the messiness of the whole album, plus it’s as entertaining as always.

What was the highlight of 2013, either for you personally or for the band?

No promo here but it definitely was finishing our album Apar.

What was the low point of 2013 for you?

Something [that] is not worth mentioning.

What are your hopes and plans for 2014?

Pretty basic stuff: we’d like to play more shows and write a lot of songs.

What are your thoughts on the passing of Lou Reed? Did his music influence you at all and in what way?

Well, I was a big fan of Lou Reed. I got to know his music first through my parents and then by myself when I started university. It always has been some sort of musical landmark.

What are your thoughts on the U.S. government shutdown and the debt ceiling debate?

We don’t really know what’s going on with that, really. I mean, we read the newspaper here in Spain but we couldn’t really say.

What are your thoughts on Obamacare, now that it’s being implemented?

We do have thoughts on this now that things seem to go the opposite way in Spain. No one should pay a cent for getting sick.

What is your opinion on the extensive government spying on the world’s Internet/phone usage? Is Edward Snowden a patriot or traitor?

Not a traitor, definitely a game changer.

What are your thoughts on music streaming services such as Spotify and Rdio? Are they good or bad for musicians?

As musicians we always have a poor perspective on the business side. They seem to be fine things but then you hear stuff that is not as good. We just think that there’s no industry without music, and there’s always been music without necessarily needing industry.

Who was the first person to break your heart? Whose heart did you first break first?

Prefer not to name these people here, sorry.

Do bad reviews bother you and which negative review has affected you the most?

They don’t really bother us. I mean, we don’t like them but we try not to be too affected. There’s always a few mean reviews, though, like sometimes reviews get both negative and personal. Those are the bad ones.

What moment in history do you most wish you could’ve witnessed in person?

It would’ve been great to be on the Apollo mission that reached the moon first, right? Like not in front of the TV but up there.

What is your favorite word and why?

Espiritu,” it’s an uncommon word that you use to toast. But I don’t know whywe use it among our closest friends to cheer up and it reminds us of them.

What’s the weirdest/grossest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Fried scorpions in China, and natto in Japan.



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