5 albums we’d play in this $3.25 million Frank Lloyd Wright home

5 albums we’d play in this $3.25 million Frank Lloyd Wright home

April 17, 2018 | Blog

As of January, famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s final design is on the market. The Norman Lykes house in Phoenix, Arizona, was designed in 1959 and can be purchased for a mere $3.25 million (it includes the impressive specially designed furniture too). Perched on a desert plateau, this house features the late architect’s notable style, characterized by concentric circles and geometric shapes. The curvy house sits in harmony of the nature of the desert canyon, and each bedroom provides a prominent view of the landscape.

Because the house is so circular, we figured a vinyl collection could fit in nicely with the decor, right with this desert wood colored turntable deck. So if you’re daydreaming about moving into this desert oasis of a house, here are a few Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired albums to play as you envision your life there.

1. “Illinoise” — Sufjan Stevens

Let’s start with an album inspired by the architect himself. Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge over Troubled Water may be the obvious choice in this situation, because side one ends with a song called “So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright.” However, in 2005, Sufjan Stevens released Illinoise, an album inspired by the state of (relatively) the same name. The third track on the album, “Come On! Feel the Illinoise!” contains the lyric, “What would Frank Lloyd Wright say?” in reference to the many buildings he designed around the city. Even though Sufjan’s 50 states–themed album project may be a fantasy at this point (47 more to go!) and we may never get an album for Arizona to honor the Lykes house, Illinoise provides an excellent soundtrack to take in the desert scenery. From wispy ballads to contemplate the expanse of the landscape outside, to uptempo horn-centric tracks to accompany you as you run around the house’s many circles, Illinoise is an excellent complement to the house’s aesthetics.

2. “Bella Donna” — Stevie Nicks

The desert can be a mystical place, so this list ought to honor the Phoenix, Arizona-born witch of rock and roll, Stevie Nicks. There is never an incorrect time to put on a Stevie Nicks album, so why not put it on while lounging on specialty designed craftsman furniture while gazing at desert vistas? For easy listening or if you just feel like belting your heart out into the desert to “Edge of Seventeen,” Bella Donna has tracks for all your moods.

3. “Appalachian Spring / The Tender Land” — Aaron Copland, played by the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “Never miss the idea that architecture and music belong together. They are practically one.” Aaron Copland’s two pieces unite architecture and the desert with music. The pieces carry a majestic vastness to them, telling you that the landscape goes on forever, parts untouchable by human forces. It’s terrifying, it’s beautiful — it’s sublime. So sit back and take it all in.

4. “Rodrigo y Gabriela” — Rodrigo y Gabriela

This acoustic guitar–playing duo was influenced by nuevo flamenco, rock and heavy metal. The synthesis of inspirations echos how Frank Lloyd Wright melds together his various inspirations — found in nature, manufactured materials or the other art he takes in. Rodrigo y Gabriela display such artistry in their playing, it’s hard not to be completely transported by their music. Their chords and riffs send one flying through the desert expanse, like an out-of-body experience, and it’s difficult to remember that there are only two guitars playing. Joyous and soulful, this album aligns with the curves and details of the Lykes house.

5.“L.A. Witch” — L.A. Witch

The desert gets hot, and Wright may not have accounted for ventilation when designing the Lykes house. The guitar filters and effects used on L.A. Witch’s electric guitar are reminiscent of the doldrums of summer: unbearably toasty, languishing, sweaty and dirty. Sade Sanchez has a matter-of-fact quality to her vocals that echoes the way time slows down when it’s the peak of summer. This album is for sitting in the Lykes house, angry that it’s over 100 degrees outside, wary as to how anyone can function in such heat.


Jason Lee Menard
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