Musings on the byways of popular culture
19/03/2018 by Leicester Bangs 29 Comments
Leicester Bangs says
19/03/2018 at 16:00
Moose the Mooche says
19/03/2018 at 16:13
19/03/2018 at 16:29
19/03/2018 at 19:05
Never mind. As others have said, yer man up there could make a fair living doing Hollis on Top of the Pops albums if such things still existed.
cf Andra Day -> The late A. Winehouse.
19/03/2018 at 16:33
I like that a lot. Prompted me to check out more, which prompted me to buy the album.
I’ve been prompted. Ta.
oscar patterson says
20/03/2018 at 13:27
Consider me *prompted*, in fact since I saw this last night, I have…
…listened to this on YouTube and enjoyed it enormously (as someone else says, imitation Talk Talk is still going to be pretty awesome)
…listened to a load of other tracks and live sessions on YouTube (and read up on them)
…gone to sleep listening to the album on Spotify
…made the breakfast listening via Alexa
…driven to work listening to the album
…bought the vinyl when I got to work
…bought two tickets to the London show on 23rd May (in a 350 capacity new venue nr London Bridge)
…planned to listen to it on the way home this evening
So, THAT is really the power of YouTube on the music industry. But ONLY when the output is actually *any good*…
Thanks to the OP. You’ve given me pleasure and cost me money. You little tinker…It used to be Peel that did this for me, now it’s this website. Shearwater are going to be researched later!
Freddy Steady says
19/03/2018 at 16:57
Yes Leicester you are a Git!
Vocalist sounds very much like Mark Hollis. Not bad, non more 80’s I reck. Anyone know what the album I like?
19/03/2018 at 17:02
Crikey, that really is quite “influenced by”, isn’t it?
I think it is more a question of “Old Talk Talk single” – it sounds like something from the second TT album, especially when it gets to the chorus.
19/03/2018 at 17:12
I thought this was quite funny, from the Pitchfork review…
“It’s not like they have any real issue with telegraphing their influences. They’ve covered Prefab Sprout in their live sets, and Lowell has acknowledged that Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis is, “especially vocally, a big influence on me.” This is a massive understatement on two levels, the first of which is that Mark Hollis is the biggest overall influence in every conceivable way on this album’s sound. Most specifically, it lookbooks 1986’s The Colour of Spring, the midpoint between the state-of-the-art pop of early Talk Talk and the timeless, anti-pop spirituals of their later work. Meanwhile, Lowell doesn’t just have almost the exact same vocal timbre as Hollis, both sonorous and strangely clipped like a muted horn, but the same inflections and melodic cadences. Hollis isn’t just the biggest influence on Lowell’s vocals—he might be the only one.”
Mavis Diles says
19/03/2018 at 18:12
Their single Loveless from last year (or maybe the year before) reduced me to tears. At last, someone else loves Talk Talk as much as I do. Their contribution to the genre is again not too shabby. It’s beautiful.
19/03/2018 at 20:06
But….what is their album like?
19/03/2018 at 20:07
19/03/2018 at 20:10
It sounds like a Talk Talk album produced by Chris ‘Merrick’ Hughes.
19/03/2018 at 20:19
Heroin is nothing to be scared of
19/03/2018 at 20:31
Songs from the Big Dum Dum Girl
19/03/2018 at 20:36
TapHead Over Heels
19/03/2018 at 20:41
Mothers Talk Talk
19/03/2018 at 20:38
I rather enjoyed that. Atmospheric, a catchy tune and some nifty ice skating. I intend to listen to some more.
Baron Harkonnen says
19/03/2018 at 21:57
Nice but not an improvement on Talk Talk, as if.
Has anybody heard the US band ‘Shearwater’, influences include Talk Talk, Tears For Fears but they also have their own unique sound. Very good band, recommend.
19/03/2018 at 22:13
I have a couple of Shearwater albums. Took is especially good.
I like the Lo Moon track. Imitation Talk Talk is still good isn’t it?
19/03/2018 at 22:40
You mean ‘Rook’ don’t you Lb? Just been looking at adding some more of their albums to my collection but common sense took over. Check my bank balance first.
20/03/2018 at 06:53
I did mean Rook. The concept album about the Points of View is still in the pipeline I believe.
20/03/2018 at 09:20
About the writing of Round the Horne, you mean.
Wilson Wilson says
20/03/2018 at 08:00
I love Shearwater. Jonathan is also in another band called Loma, and they’ve just released their debut album. He’s not singing so it’s less obviously Talk Talk-y, but still pretty good.
20/03/2018 at 22:26
‘Ave an ⬆️
Springer Bell says
21/03/2018 at 20:09
I picked up the Lo Moon LP last month. After living with it since then it’s obviously the lost brother/cousin of The Colour of Spring. I just love it.
Similar sentiments for the Shearwater Rook LP which was recommended on the old site by a lady from Scotland whoever you were.
On the other hand (and bearing in mind that I absolutely love both above mentioned LP’s) sometimes I feel it’s a bit done before….a bit Pinkies/ 1963 Beatles/John Lennon if you understand
Ok not as bad as that, but still … !
Anyway the Lo Moon LP is terrific.
24/03/2018 at 14:22
Got the Lo Moon album yesterday. It is good but maybe a bit too smooth in places not that Talk Talk are particularly ragged.
26/03/2018 at 08:50
It has 5% Johnny Hates Jazz in the mix I reckon.
27/03/2018 at 15:53
Good call that. Something non more 80’s in there.
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