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Wesley Eisold from wintry noise-pop band Cold Cave on the tracks that shaped his life.
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Cold Cave bring their wintry vibes © Todd Owyoung / Red Bull Content Pool

Cold Cave, which will support Nine Inch Nails on its upcoming tour in the UK, is a synth-employing darkwave project by former hardcore-punk kid, Wesley Eisold. He has released two albums to date, 'Love Comes Close' and 'Cherish The Light Years,' with a third set for 2014. Eisold released a feedback-fried, Suicide-inspired EP, 'Oceans With No End,' earlier this year and recently headlined Red Bull Sound Select Presents New York, so we thought it would be a good moment to ask him about his formative musical experiences.

The first track to stop me in my tracks was... 'Just Like Heaven' by the Cure

"I still remember when the video premiered. I was a kid who'd just realized I'd been looking for something. It was as if all the countless hours of watching Steve Winwood and .38 Special videos on MTV after school were finally worth it. I can say my life changed then. Back then you would listen to music and obsess over it but often you had no idea who the people making it were, what they looked like, where they were from. You could have flighty, shadowy figures and ideas of bands in your head, but even those were often disillusioned over time. Hearing this song with those visuals was the first time a band made sense to me, and sounded how I hoped music could sound."

My ultimate Friday night anthem is… The second Suicide album

"I want 'Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne' played every night – everywhere I go. It's a perfect piece of satire because it acknowledges the plasticity of an era and club life, but it's also the best sounding version of it. Between that song and 'Radiation,' literally and figuratively, I don't need much else."

My karaoke track of choice is… 'Riders on the Storm' by The Doors

"I'm not really interested in karaoke, so I'd go with a song like this that has lots of down time. There's at least a three-minute instrumental break in this. You can get a lot done in three minutes.

The song I wish I'd written is: 'Hope There's Someone' by Antony and the Johnsons

"It's is a perfect song. It's minimal, honest, human and otherworldly. When I first head it I felt such a connection with it that the only time I could listen to it was at the end of the day right before bed. Sometimes music makes you stop what you're doing and think about these aspects of life that we often just do to avoid thinking about them. The big questions, late night revelations and forthright fears. I owe a lot to those songs."

My comedown classic is… 'First Thought, Best Thought' by Arthur Russell

"This is good for Sundays. Hypnotic and really beautiful, emotional instrumentals. I think these might be my favourite recordings of Arthur Russell's, which is saying a lot as I love his voice so much. This collection is another side of him that still feels very Downtown but also innocently lethargic, immediate and in no rush."

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