Skip to content

Mark Hollis – Mark Hollis

mark-hollis-1998-album

Mark Hollis

(1998), 8/10
This self titled debut is the only full album that Hollis has released since Talk Talk finished their career with Laughing Stock; since then he’s prioritised his family and largely abandoned the music industry. Mark Hollis is even more subdued than the quiet parts of Laughing Stock; it’s quiet, minimalist, and almost solely performed on acoustic instruments. Gentle piano and acoustic bass are often the primary textures. Hollis stated that he was influenced by 20th century classical music while recording, and instruments like clarinets and bassoons add an orchestral flavour.

The highlight is ‘The Daily Planet’, with its hypnotic woodwind riff and soaring melody, while A Life 1895-1915 tells the story of World War One poet Roland Leighton. It’s not quite as seminal as Hollis’ work with Talk Talk, possibly because it’s gentler and subtler. But since Hollis has produced so little material in his career, Mark Hollis is an absolutely essential part of his story.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Young Culture

Music | Culture | Life

What's It All About?

A Nostalgic Journey Through the Tracks of My Years

The Fat Angel Sings

the best music of yesterday today and the tomorrow

Stereo Crush

Popular Music Uncommon-tary

Turntable talk

Musings on the world of alternative and independent rock music.

My life in music lists

These are the songs that have and will continue to soundtrack my life.

jhubner73

Midwestern groaning since 2011

Steve For The Deaf

Certain Songs Get Scratched Right In

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

zumpoems

Zumwalt Poems Online

%d bloggers like this: