Sunday, 23 September 2012
Desert Island Discs 123 Mark Hollis by Mark Hollis
123: Mark Hollis by Mark Hollis 1998
Mark Hollis solo lp took to a natural conclusion where his band Talk Talk had been heading with their last 2 lps. It begins and ends with a period of silence and in between there are 8 pieces ( calling them songs doesn't really describe what goes on) which are as much about what is left out as what it put in. The spareness of sound means each brushed drum , plucked string , solitary chord and obtuse lyric has the maximum impact
His vocals also reach the extreme of the style he was developing where the syllables and words are joined together into one long tonal moan type sound.
The lp starts with the Colour of Spring that following 15 seconds of silence turns into a beautiful vocal and piano piece that touches on a sense of letting go and walking away. A fitting theme as nothing has been heard of Mark Hollis since the lp came out. It is if he knew with this lp he had taken his music as far as he could
Colour of Spring - Mark Hollis
Soar the bridges
That I burnt before
One song among us all
what follows are tracks that deal with the futility of war , a lament for lost youth and an overwhelming sense of sorrow and regret. Ambient , folk and the dreaded j word all feature in the arrangements but put through a minimalist filter where the gaps are just as important as the notes.
A real marmite lp that can't just be on , but has to be concentrated on and properly listened to
you can buy Mark Hollis here for only slightly more than a pint.