The Spirit of Talk Talk, Fierce Panda ***
Mark Hollis and Talk Talk are having a moment. With acts from Wild Beasts to Radiohead tapping the beautifullysculpted and enigmatic corners of the band’s back catalogue for inspiration, the timing of this tribute album (and accompanying lavish art book) is on the money. Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick and Davide Rossi combine for a evocative, tender reading of It’s Getting Late in the Evening; Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry finds interesting threads to unpick in I Believe In You; and Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle’s Tomorrow’s Started is a sturdy, robust reading. It’s also interesting to hear what Zero 7 do to The Colour of Spring, providing evidence that Talk Talk’s visions provided fuel for all sorts of future pastoral electronica moves and feints.
Download tracks: Zero 7, The Colour of Sping; Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick and Davide Rossi, It’s Getting Late in the Evening