It’s publication day for The Shining Girls, and after you tear through Lauren Beukes’s genre- and time-bending thriller, you might ask yourself, How did she do that? We’ll leave the full explanation to Beukes—it involves “murder walls” and a mind-boggling amount of research—but we can share the music that propelled her writing. Below, she tells us what she listened to while writing The Shining Girls. You can listen to some of these songs through the Spotify player above.
Working with words means I can’t listen to music that has words. I like up-tempo electronica with a dark, lush verve and the capacity to surprise you. Nothing too glitchy or doef-doef or monotonously predictable. These are albums rather than individual songs and I know I’ve left off a whole bunch, not least because Pandora isn’t available in South Africa, so I’m stuck with the albums I’ve bought. These were the ones that were on heaviest rotation while I was writing the book.
- Amon Tobin: Foley Room
- Markus Wormstorm: Not I, But A Friend (by my friend Markus Wormstorm)
- The Parlour Trick: A Blessed Unrest (by my friend Meredith Yayanos)
- Aperture Science: Portal 2 Soundtrack
- The Chemical Brothers: Hanna Soundtrack
- Haezer: Yazi
- Massive Attack: 100th Window
- The Real Estate Agents: 1
- Sibot: In With The Old