Mark Hollis: A Perfect Silence

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It's My Life' Writer Receives London Award | News". 19 October 2004 . Retrieved 31 December 2011. If the fact he’d not been largely forgotten was surprising, fans discovering their passion was widely shared enjoyed a bigger revelation. There were, doubtless, countless people who still loved his band’s first two, often maudlin synth-pop albums, 1982’s The Party’s Over and 1984’s It’s My Life – home to hits like Today, It’s My Life, Such A Shame and Dum Dum Girl – not to mention 1986’s more analogue The Colour Of Spring, which delivered even more classics like Life’s What You Make It and Living In Another World. a b McGee, Alan (9 April 2008). "Wherefore art thou Mark Hollis?". The Guardian . Retrieved 7 May 2018. Talking to Wardle, it’s clear that resolving the contradictions of Hollis’ life was quite a task. “Don’t get me started,” he laughs, before summing them up succinctly. “Hollis was an acetic, loner genius who loved pubs, swearing, fast cars and golf. The number of times I had to think of synonyms for ‘dichotomy’!”

There are, too, more than a few hints of bitterness from those who feel their contributions were undervalued, especially those who believe they were due songwriting cuts – “[Manager] Keith and Mark are both ruthless,” Brown told me – and one can’t help wondering whether the silence around Hollis has roots in people’s determination not to get involved in debates about his demeanour. As much as so many of us would have loved to hear more music from him, the truth is, an artist does not owe us anything ever, he said more in the work he gave us than many who produced three or four times as much as he did. He chose not to go wearily into working from expectation, but to leave this perfectly formed opus of work to any unsuspecting musical trespasser. For that reason, among many, he will go on to inspire. I’m not big on hero worship, despite how all this may read, but there are people who make you feel a lot, who open your mind, your heart, and your ears, opening doors as the journey goes on. He could capture moments of perfection (‘It’s getting late in the evening’). He explored his own possibilities, so many more can explore theirs. Music was to be made only from the desire to record and perform it and no other reason. In Breës’ documentary, meanwhile, Ian Curnow recalls having his fingers tied together and being forced to play keyboards for hours in considerable discomfort, and it’s clear that, though this indignity is usually cast as ingenious by Hollis’ fans, the memory is far from welcome, and that this fate’s sometimes attributed to Nigel Kennedy instead probably hasn’t helped. I can’t tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions on art and music,” he said. “I’m grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us.”He took his own advice, embracing silence. Everything he struggled to communicate verbally was there, is there, in the music. Happiness, desire, hope, belief. He walked away to a quiet(er) life in South-West London because “I choose my family.” The family of musicians remains indebted to his short but stunning period of industry. He was once asked his favourite musician. “Kate Bush,” he said. Kate Bush was then asked hers. "Mark Hollis," she said. RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law. Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man. Retired from the music business 20 years ago but an indefinable musical icon. Beaumont, Mark (26 February 2019). "Talk Talk's Mark Hollis: 2019 is full of the notes he isn't playing". NME . Retrieved 1 March 2019. Meticulously pieced together, commercially doomed but artistically triumphant, Spirit Of Eden alone involved some 50 guest musicians given little guidance nor any opportunity to prepare for their contributions, their work sometimes employed, if at all, in different contexts. “Once we spent five 12-hour days getting a guitar sound,” Brown told me in 2013. “It was an extremely unusual way to work.”

Mark Hollis spoke about making music that didn’t instantly point to the time it was made in. I hope somewhere he knows that he did just that. W hen Talk Talk mastermind Mark Hollis died, aged 64, in 2019, the outpouring of grief was so great that, while it didn’t match the mourning provoked by Davie Bowie’s or Prince’s passing in 2016, it nonetheless came close. A copy of your data will be held by Loop Publishing Limited (the publishers of Northern Life Magazine) for up to 10 years. Gilbert, Ruth (23 January 1989). "Hotline: Music ( Spirit of Eden)". New York . Retrieved 27 June 2009.

Savage, Mark (26 February 2019). "Talk Talk star Mark Hollis dies at 64". BBC News . Retrieved 26 February 2019.

Celebrating The Genius Of Mark Hollis In 15 Songs". Stereogum. 26 February 2019 . Retrieved 27 September 2019. Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran said: “We, Duran Duran, are very sorry to learn that one of music’s great innovators Mark Hollis has died. The band Talk Talk, which he co-founded and fronted, were on tour with us in 1982; it made for a tremendous & very entertaining bill. Mark was the main songwriter of some truly great songs, including ‘It’s My Life’&‘It’s A Shame’.” In't Veld, Holger; Stefan Weber (trans.). "Mark Hollis Interview: The path over the burnt bridge". Subadio. Archived from the original on 27 April 2016 . Retrieved 25 September 2013.

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When a musician works outside the constraints of the musical era the music is made in, some real magic happens. Those last two Talk Talk albums and his solo work are a testament to that. The freestyle Coltrane – esque arrangements are visceral with Hollis’ twist of emotional depth and melodic longing juxtaposed with an almost Junior Kimbrough (if i think of another chord I save it for another song) drone at times. Mark is glorious in his ability to soothe yet unsettle and captivate the listener all simultaneously. It’s simply beautiful and one can’t help but fall in love with his voice and musical vision. Thomson, Graeme (26 February 2019). "A sacred voice: Mark Hollis sang the English gospel". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077 . Retrieved 27 September 2019. I know the album feels like seven guys playing live in a room, but every note is ‘placed’ where it is,” Brown told me, recalling Hollis’ quest for perfection. “The album is an illusion!” Both it and Spirit Of Eden are, of course, now deemed pinnacles of artistic achievement which put music beyond any other consideration, but it’s not that this came without pain. Ben Wardle’s Mark Hollis: A Perfect Silence is the first full-length biography about the reclusive figure, while Breës’ aforementioned documentary explores the Belgian director’s relationship with Hollis’ records – he calls later ones “life companions” – as well as their making.

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