Info: Your browser does not accept cookies. To put products into your cart and purchase them you need to enable cookies.

Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis - CD -

Price per Unit (stuk): €8.95


Mark Hollis is not post-rock. Where Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock felt like they were creating new worlds out of sound, Mark Hollis looks to the past, drawing on folk and classical music as well as jazz. (Which is to say, this isn’t post-post-rock, either.) Piano and guitar form the bones of the record, and sometimes, as on opener “The Colour of Spring” (so named for Talk Talk’s third album) or “Westward Bound”, it’s the only instrumentation you’ll hear under Hollis’ singing. On tracks such as these, silence itself becomes as important to the songs as any proper instrument; what you don’t hear is as essential as what you do.

Other songs find ways to fill that silence. The pastoral “Watershed” is colored by brushed cymbals, a sighing pump organ, and a trumpet solo from Henry Lowther (whose tone sounds remarkably similar to that of Miles Davis) while the swaying folk jazz of “The Daily Planet”, the album’s jauntiest track, features a soft symphony of woodwinds: clarinets, bassoons, a harmonica. And then there’s “A Life (1895-1915)”, Mark Hollis’ centerpiece and the track that comes closest to recapturing Talk Talk’s dynamic grandeur. “A Life (1895-1915)” is structured like a three-section classical suite, bookending a circular piano-and-guitar pattern at the center with woodwinds, which play gently but fitfully as if uncertain where the song will take them. Occasionally, Hollis will utter solemn, impressionistic fragments of lyrics: “dream cites freedom,” “such suffering,” “and here I lay.”

Customer Reviews:

There are yet no reviews for this product.
Please log in to write a review.