Here’s a Christmas treat for you – Me and Mary from Talk In Colour playing a rather lovely version of Wham’s Last Christmas, recorded live at the wonderful Waterline in Dalston.
This was part of our Acoustic Christmas Wonderland, featuring the frankly amazing Sam Sallon and the equally awesome Al Lewis. It was just perfect – mulled wine, mince pies and gorgeous music. we’re starting a bimonthly acoustic residency at the Waterline from 27th February – be there.
I actually squealed out loud when I opened the Metro on the tube and saw that Talk In Colour’s new single Bones was one of the Singles Of The Week. I don’t normally get the tube, so it was a real surprise. Our Bones/Radiophonic EP is available now to download from Amazon.
Check us out, sandwiched between the Killers and Bruno Mars:
“A subtly stripped but soulful number from this London combo, finely dressed with electronics and a rootsy vocal”
Most people will probably know about this already, because I’ve been banging on about it for weeks but the Talk In Colour album ColliderScope is out now as a digital download and real-life CDs in the actual shops, thanks to the lovely people at ShellShock Distribution:
OMG! We made a thing! And it’s in the shops! Thanks to Ryan for taking the photo.
It’s a childhood dream come true for me to have a CD in the shops by one of my own bands that I helped to write, not just one I’ve played on as a session musician.
We’ve had some rave review for it already, including four stars (and a namecheck!) from David Honigman in the Financial Times:
Not quite sure what he means by commercial overexposure though – one remix in an online ad and the soundtrack of an indie Brit-flick doesn’t exactly make us Moby…
More lovely things about it:
“…faultless production … rich and mesmeric” Drowned In Sound
“One of the most original, mesmerizing and enthralling acts around. Their debut album intrigues and draws you into their multi-layered sound where electronics, guitar, harp and vocals collide.” Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s)
“ColliderScope” delivers an enticing wave of experimental sound, gilded by shimmering juxtaposed shades of light and dark.” Shout 4 Music
“… had us hooked from the very first minute” No Fear Of Pop
Listen to the mini-mashup on Soundcloud:
Remind me to never ever try and launch two albums within two months ever again…
The Talk In Colour album is nearly here! We’ve got the launch party at Floripa near Old Street on Wednesday, with DJ support from the wonderful Mr Dom Servini (WahWah45s) and Liam (Different Class Radio) – £5 advance tickets are still available, which get you a free copy of the album on the door.
To whet your appetite, here’s a cheeky little mashup of the entire album, ColliderScope, squished into just over 6 minutes:
The full album will be released digitally on Monday 28th May, with physical distribution to follow around the UK thanks to the lovely people at ShellShock.
Thanks to Ricky Fabulous for teaching me the mysteries of Ableton…
I’m so excited to finally see the new video from Talk In Colour for our new single Rocking Horse which should be out very very soon. I’ve already blogged behind-the-scenes photos and blether here – it’s hard for me to watch the video without my back aching in sympathy, as I spent about 5 hours carting a harp around the place.
Anyway – here’s it is, please watch, like and share!
At long last the Talk In Colour single/album campaign has started- hurrah!
Kicking off, here’s a free download of a fantastic remix of our new single Rocking Horse from Milo out of that there Mercury-nominated Portico Quartet. Grab it while it’s fresh, it won’t be around for ever…
In other Talk In Colour news, we’re absolutely thrilled that the Microburst remix of our last single Nightshifts is being used by Calvin Klein for their latest online campaign, featuring Lara Stone, aka Mrs David Walliams. Woo! Sadly, it’s not worth as much cash as you might think, but it’s enough to get the album launched into the world and buy some falafels at the next rehearsal. Happy times 🙂
Download the Microburst remix of Nighshifts for free from Soundcloud
Last Saturday I was back at the Union Chapel for the second time in little over a month (after the recent Sunday Driver gig) for Daylight Music. This time I was playing with Talk In Colour, taking our electronic soundscapes and dirty basslines out to play in the Chapel’s glorious acoustics.
Things didn’t start off well, with a couple of unexpected hitches meaning that our soundcheck ran late, holding everyone up and making the whole gig run behind schedule. We can only apologise profusely to everyone and promise not to do it again.
Anyway, proceedings kicked off with Rome Pays Off – a trio with the rather unusual lineup of two bassists and one guitar. Probably best described as “drone-core”, their lush soundscapes echoed round the church and sent a shiver up my spine.
Next up were the fantastic Wilderthorn, whose set of not-folky-at-all-despite-what-you-might-expect acoustic songs was a great treat. I even forked out a fiver for their new EP, which is always the sign of a good gig.
And then in was Talk In Colour’s turn. There’s loads of amazing photos from Diana Jarvis over on the Daylight Music Facebook page – here are a couple of my faves (yeah, they’re of me. It’s my damn blog…):
This is my counting face!
We were also very brave and played two new tracks – Intra, a short introduction from our upcoming album, and our first ever cover, Petit Pays by Cesaria Evora. Ricky took a video of us playing it, and I reckon we did it justice…
Finally, three cheers from my fabulous new frock from Lady Vintage – how awesome is this? And only 50 quid!
On Thursday Talk In Colour played an absolute blinder of a gig, which I’m still buzzing from, in the hallowed hall of Ronnie’s Bar upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s historic jazz club.
When we found out about the gig, thanks to Bence and Andrew at Bolygo Music, I thought our drummer Dave was going to have some kind of jazzgasm.
Mary despairs at the soundcheck:
While Dave’s just happy to be there:
Support came first from the incredible Corina Piatti – a fantastic Argentinian singer/guitarist:
Next was multi-talented percussionist Renu and her band of impressive instrumentalists and singers. She’s a wonderful musician who I’ve previously collaborated with, and I can’t wait to here her new album, which I played on. Huge thanks are due to her guitarist Jo for the loan of her amp, which got us out of a big logistical hole:
We finally got on stage, and played our socks off – mainly thanks to the awesome sound engineer who managed to contrive things so we could actually all hear each other on stage for once. I had such a good time, and the crowd was brilliant. Massive thanks to everyone who came down and everyone involved – such a great night 🙂
Our next gig is at the Union Chapel in Islington for Daylight Music at 12pm on Saturday 31st March. Can’t wait!
I can’t believe how fast this month is running away with me. It doesn’t seem a minute since Talk In Colour played at the Jazz Cafe for WahWah45s amazing Simon Says night – raising money in memory of label founder Simon Goss for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation – but it was back at the beginning of March. If anyone knows where the past 3 months went, please let me know.
It was such a great night packed with loads of fantastic bands and lovely people. Here’s the running order – it was absolutely rammed!
We had what was probably the most stressful soundcheck I’ve ever had. Thanks to Camden Council’s lovely roadworks I couldn’t unload outside the venue, then I couldn’t find anywhere remotely close to park and had to push the harp for what felt like miles, Chris was running late and got a flat tyre as he was parking, and Mary and Nick couldn’t make it due to work commitments.
Still, we played well (despite understandably dubious sound at first) and people seemed to like it:
The lovely Gideon Conn, one of the other acts, drew a sweet little picture of us playing which he auctioned in aid of the cause:
All in all, a great night that raised thousands of pounds for a fantastic cause. Well done to Dom and all the WahWah team, and thanks for having us down 🙂