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There’s a real buzz about The Maccabees and their new album ‘Given to the Wild.’

So it’s revealing to see their guitarist Felix White cite (in an interview with The Independent) two 80s albums by Talk Talk as inspiration.

What he likes about ‘The Colour of Spring’ (1986) and ‘Spirit of Eden’ (1988) is ‘the space in it.’

Not sure about the grammar of that sentence, but we’ll let it pass.

I’m certainly with him on the ‘space’ point.

A lot of records don’t have it. A lot of players don’t use it. Talk Talk do.

‘The Colour of Spring’ has the hits and got the EMI sales department all excited.

But the follow-up is a record that defies description, so I won’t try.

Needless to say, it’s an album I bought at the time expecting something at least in the same sound world as their previous work.

But which pleasingly took off in a totally different musical direction.

Nearly a quarter of a century later, it must please Mark Hollis and his co-conspirators that their endeavours are still making waves.

The Maccabees – official website

Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It

Talk Talk – I Believe In You

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