Mike Savino’s one-man band Tall Tall Trees has carved out a sound of its own. Savino’s unconventional approach to the banjo – or, as he has dubbed his homemade instrument – the Banjotron 5000  – allows for the traditional set of strings to take on nuanced sounds. Add some loops, pedals, and effects, and you’re a little closer to the wildly original music of Tall Tall Trees.  Fans of Arthur Russell, Kishi Bashi, and The Shins will find a kindred spirit in Savino’s songs.

All of this eclecticism could only come from diverse tastes in music, and Savino sure has them! Check out the list of his Top 10 favorite records below, as well as the official video for Tall Tall Trees’ “Being There.” Don’t forget our custom Spotify playlist!

TALL TALL TREES’ TOP 10 RECORDS.

10) GRATEFUL DEAD–AOXOMOXOA

9) WINGS–WILD LIFE

8) PRIMUS–SAILING THE SEAS OF CHEESE

7) DENNIS WILSON–PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE

6) GEORGE HARRISON–ALL THINGS MUST PASS

5) VAN HALEN–VAN HALEN

4) HARRY NILSSON–NILSSON SCHMILSSON

3) SYD BARRETT–THE MADCAP LAUGHS

2) CAT STEVENS–TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN

1) PETER GABRIEL–SO