Talk Talk – The Colour of Spring

As I’ve gotten older, I have grown to enjoy ambient music and the greater depths of musicianship.  Talk Talk has been my favorite band of the last 5 years.  Another year has passed for me and another Spring is rising in New Orleans.  It takes a certain maturity to really appreciate the gift that is Mark Hollis and Talk Talk.  Their music seems timeless and permanently relevant.  Ah to be ageless….the beauty of great art.

I purchased this record very early in my record collecting days, but I never really listened to it.  I just kind of filed it away for a later day.  If you check my google search history when I die, it won’t be very salacious but you will see “best underrated/unheard albums of all time” littered throughout my history.  If I see an album trend in those searches, I will listen to it.  Talk Talk was a band that showed up (and still shows up) constantly in that search.

As the winter chill begins to recede, and the world awakens to the promise of renewal, “The Colour of Spring” serves as a fitting soundtrack to this seasonal transition. From the opening notes of “Happiness Is Easy,” listeners are transported into a realm of sonic splendor, where lush instrumentation and ethereal vocals intertwine seamlessly. Mark Hollis’s haunting voice weaves through the music like a gentle breeze, carrying with it a sense of longing and introspection.

The album’s title track, “The Colour of Spring,” epitomizes the spirit of the season with its luminous melodies and poetic lyrics. As Hollis croons, “This is the colour of the spring / By the river bank / The water’s blue / This is the colour of my love / This is the colour of my love,” one can almost feel the warmth of the sun on their skin and the scent of blossoms in the air. It’s a song that celebrates the beauty of nature and the joy of new beginnings, capturing the fleeting essence of springtime.

Throughout the album, Talk Talk demonstrates a remarkable versatility, seamlessly blending elements of rock, jazz, and ambient music to create a soundscape that is at once familiar and otherworldly. Tracks like “Life’s What You Make It” and “Living in Another World” showcase the band’s knack for crafting infectious hooks and compelling rhythms, while slower, introspective songs like “April 5th” and “Chameleon Day” invite listeners to ponder life’s deeper mysteries.

Beyond its musical brilliance, “The Colour of Spring” also serves as a testament to Talk Talk’s artistic integrity and willingness to defy conventions. Eschewing the commercial pressures of the time, the band chose to follow their creative instincts, resulting in an album that defies easy categorization and continues to inspire artists across generations.

In an era dominated by disposable pop music, “The Colour of Spring” stands as a beacon of authenticity and innovation, reminding us of the transformative power of music to uplift and inspire. As we welcome the arrival of spring once again, let us take a moment to revisit this timeless masterpiece and bask in its radiant beauty. For in the world of Talk Talk, the true color of spring is not merely a hue on the spectrum but a state of mind – one that celebrates the endless possibilities of renewal and rebirth.  Life’s what you make it.

Favorite Tracks: All
Pressing: EMI America ST-17179. Original US Pressing. 1986.