This summer's music obsession for me has been alternative/indie rock from the 1990s. I rekindled my love for Pavement's lackadaisical anthems in June, and quickly branched out and discovered Built To Spill and Guided By Voices. In an effort to find more cool alternative albums from the 90s, I decided to check out Talk Talk's last album on a whim. I'd heard of it before and had seen it on some "Best of the 90s" lists (lists are another obsession of mine), but I'd never listened to it before yesterday. I was blown away. Laughing Stock is my biggest unexpected surprise in a long time. Mark Hollis' project started out creating synthpop, but by the end of Talk Talk's run, they had un-sold out, diving headfirst into experimental art rock with jazz sprinkles. Laughing Talk is sprawling, comprised of only six songs, two of which are nearly ten minutes long and only one of which is under five. It is sparse at times, and wild at others, but the band holds nothing back, and there's always a feeling of jazz improvisation and expressionism. Check it out, I promise you won't regret it.
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