Oh Talk Talk where art thou? With Mark Hollis last seen in the early 2000s trying to learn the clarinet this most brilliant and influential bands has been on hold. However not all is lost. Bassist Paul Webb aka Rustin Man is back with a new LP. His previous one was in collaboration with Portishead's Beth Gibbons. Here he goes it alone.
Vinyl LP £21.49 WIGLP414
Heavyweight vinyl LP + 4-page booklet on Domino.
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Limited Vinyl LP £18.89 WIGLP414X
Heavyweight vinyl LP + 4-page booklet on Domino. Includes limited edition indies only photo print.
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We all now have to accept that we'll all die without hearing a note of new music from either Talk Talk or Robert Wyatt. Fair enough I suppose. There's been enough good stuff over the years to place them both in legendary status. Rustin Man is a project by a member of the former which sounds more like the music of the latter.
Paul Webb has already released one album under this moniker - an excellent collaboration with Portishead's Beth Gibbons - but here goes it alone on an album which, although it shows signs of Talk Talk's exquisitely woody production style, has a much more conventional if not bluesy feel about it. His voice sounds remarkably like Robert Wyatt, particularly on opener Vanishing Heart but don't go expecting the sort of understated, affecting music he produces. This is a high end production job with layers piled on layers particularly on Judgement Train which is somewhat a shock to the system if you were expecting hushed reverence.
The influences here are fairly clear in that they are in the John Martyn, Van Morrison territory of jazzy full band clatter. There's quality things in the disparate sounds of Brings Me Joy (quiet and fugue like) and Our Tomorrows (a sleek and driving piece of soulful jazz pop with a rather great harmonious chorus). I'm also liking The World's In Town, a thoughtful piano ballad that you'd swear was Wyatt so close it is to his estuary vowels whereas the juddering, jerking light the Light sounds something like a Thames Valley Tom Waits.
It's not exactly what I was wanting/hoping for but there are interesting moments here. The music is at times jarring and unpredictable but though it may not appeal directly to lovers of those terrific Talk Talk albums, Webb deserves to find an audience all of his own.
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