PONTIAK – Lucky 7

LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own…

Today, is the turn of three brothers from rural West Virginia who make an unholy racket and have released some excellent records on Chicago’s Thrill Jockey Records, including 2014’s “Innocence” and this year’s cosmically heavy and chin-strokingly erudite “Dialectic of Ignorance”. Welcome to these pages, the triple pronged psych of Pontiak!

Pontiak by Pontiak

I enjoyed “Innocence” so much I reviewed it for The Quietus here.

Much as they are heavy, Pontiak can also shift the gears towards wind-swept folk and are pleasingly cerebral – no so much Neil Young as Neil Jung. So, it was with the bated breath of rabid anticipation I received their pleasingly and unsurprisingly eclectic Lucky 7….

1. Marvin Gaye – National Anthem

He is totally brilliant, utterly stunning, full of compassion, grace and love. He is effortlessly commanding and embodies an ethos, while being timeless. What a human being.

2. Barry White – Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1975
This is so fucking cool. So fucking cool.

3. Parliament / Funkadelic – Live 1969
Possibly my favorite group / band ever!!!!!! So heavy, and weird and danceable.

4. Elizabeth Cotten – Freight Train
One of the first songs I ever learned on the guitar. Elizabeth Cotten is one of the best.

5. Mississippi Fred McDowell – John Henry
His guitar style has always intrigued me, it’s driving, haunting and plaintive at the same time.

6. Nikhil Banerjee – Maluha Kalyan
Nikhil Banerjee blows my mind. He is technically incredible and his playing evokes so much compassion and love.

The Lucky 7th: Pontiak – Ignorance Makes Me High
Our first video from the new record Dialectic of Ignorance.



For more info about “Dialectic of Ignorance” and also on tour dates which include gigs with The Sword and an appearance at Desertfest check out Pontiak’s artist page on Thrill Jockey…