Today marks the U.S. iTunes release of Spirit of Talk Talk, a UK-produced double-length compilation of Talk Talk songs performed by a wide swath of mostly independent artists from both sides of the Atlantic. It includes some outstanding tracks from the likes of Zero 7, S. Carey (Bon Iver), Joan as Police Woman, Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Jason Lytle. The project also includes a beautifully designed book that includes a load of worthy history and commentary on the band.
When we were offered the chance to contribute a track, it was a pretty short road to choosing “After the Flood” from the 1991 album Laughing Stock. The original version is one of those esoteric, classic, quietly meaningful songs you come back to every so often, year after year, either by accident at the whim of some digital shufflebot or on sleepless flights or in moments of shifty midwinter preoccupation. Especially for anyone who loves that period of Talk Talk, the tune is a sort of impressionist masterwork — not quite 10 minutes of seductive, bleary-eyed plaint threaded with the most perfectly oblique “guitar solo” of the 1990s. As such, it seemed a bit pointless to turn out all the lights and attempt a straightforward reenactment. Instead, we decided to posit how it would sound as more of a full-on dance track. Still moody and true to its 20-year-old fabric but with a more unabashed sense of communion. We hope people dig it or at least take it as an earnest invitation to check out the Talk Talk/Mark Hollis catalog.
The physical CD release is available as an import from Fierce Panda in the UK, with artwork by Talk Talk compatriot James Marsh. It doesn’t hurt that proceeds from the project are going to wildlife charities. We’re really pleased to be a part of it. Check it out.
Now available: Fake Mistakes: Remixes… A bunch of talented folks including S. Carey (Bon Iver), Lazerbeak (Doomtree) and Grant Cutler remixed tracks from All Night the Calls Came In. The full set is available as a digital-only release. Order directly from Amble Down here and receive two bonus tracks.
JUST ANNOUNCED: We’ll be joining Other Lives for a handful of dates in the Midwest in February. We’ve also confirmed a mini-residency at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for March 2-3. Schedule is on the LIVE page. More news about 2012 shows and releases coming soon…..
The new album titled All Night the Calls Came In is now available. We humbly suggest you purchase it directly from the living, breathing human beings at Amble Down Records, who are offering the full album download at $8 (320kb MP3 format) and $10 (high-quality lossless AIFF). It is also available via the iTunes Music Store, Amazon and other digital outlets. Physical CD and LP versions can be delivered to your down with help from Amble Down.
HALLOWEEN, ALASKA will embark on its first proper UK/Ireland tour this fall, supporting Domino recording artist and recent Mercury Prize nominee Anna Calvi. Check the LIVE page for the full schedule. Meanwhile, a second track from All Night the Calls Came In titled “Empire Waist” is being offered up as a digital single this week, with a video soon to follow.