Just spotted that there is new updated vs of the Talk Talk biog ‘Spirit of Talk Talk’. I didn’t buy the original but this looks lovely so Ive splashed out my £30.
If there’s anyone out there that doesn’t know the TT story (unlikely given the discerning nature of Afterworders) it is pretty compelling stuff. New wave popsters from the early 80s move seemingly overnight from solid (but unremarkable) synth based pop to experimental and genuinely ground breaking music pioneers. Stories abound of hours of improvised music recorded in blacked out studios; abandoning any use of synths and incorporating instead wind quartets alongside the pianos, organs, guitars and wailing harmonicas. Mark Hollis their enigmatic leader then quietly disappears (excepting one solo album) and has hardly even spoken in public since.
Of course this is just an excuse for posting ‘I Believe in You’ which genuinely moves me tears every time it reaches the ghostly choir and Hollis’ anguished ‘Spirit’ section. I found this video which has the lyrics (notoriously hard to decipher on record).
If you haven’t heard ‘Eden’ or ‘Laughing Stock’ I urge you to check them out especially if you have any interest in any of the following – ambient; post rock; 70s Miles Davis; Floyd; Mogwai