End Times folk. I am about to endorse an album from the 80s.
I rarely, if ever, endorse music from the 80s. With the exception of R.E.M., They Might be Giants, and a handful of others, the decade is a complete loss – in my opinion. A colleague of mine, who fronted a band in the 80s, heard this and set out to convince me of some good 80s music. Indeed, a few of the individual tracks he sent me were pretty good, but few, if any, full albums really sunk in.
With one big exception. The 1988 album Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk.
I am a big fan of post-rock. Sigur Ros, Pele, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Do Make Say Think, Battles, the more extended guitar noodling predilections of American Football, The One Up Downstairs, the Appleseed Cast, etc… Well, when my friend Eric sent me the Talk Talk album, I was unaware that they had previously been best known as a fairly straight-forward pop group. In The Spirit of Eden, however, it is anti-pop. Long instrumental sections, meandering atmospheric sounds, dissonance, and so forth. In this album I heard a lot of precursor to the post-rock I really like. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of the bands I listed above cite this album (and the 1991 Laughing Stock) as influences.
Now…you just have to get over the dude’s voice. I still struggle with it a bit.