April 3, 2016
Special Sunday night event: Classic Album Sundays Chicago celebrates Talk Talk's Spirit of Eden. 6:00 p.m. BYOB. [Join the Facebook event!]
Classic Album Sundays, the most popular and respected classic album listening event in the world, has finally set up shop in Chicago -- at Transistor. We're kicking off the monthly album listening series with a major landmark in the experimental, post-rock, and pop genres with Talk Talk's Spirit of Eden. Talk Talk is the band you probably know for their '80s mega hit "It's My Life" (also famously covered by many bands, most notably No Doubt), but their music took an abstract turn with 1988's Spirit of Eden.
The band sought to "turn the world upside down" with the release of Spirit of Eden, and they did just that by forgetting typical song structures and building a sound collage using obsessive instrumental precision and deeply emotional vocal performances as front-man Mark Hollis strives to understand life and human emotion through artistic expression. The band exchanged their synthesizers for a "fusion of jazz, classical and ambient elements," according to Tony Benjamin in the Talk Talk biography, The Spirit of Talk Talk, to produce a profound and beautiful musical experience. Such experimentation would go on to influence the post-rock genre and inspire bands like Radiohead, Bon Iver, Mogwai and Sigur Ros.
Listening to Spirit of Eden will make you feel differently about music and yourself. In an interview, Mark Hollis said, "The ideal time to listen to it would be late at night in a very calm mood, with no distractions... You have to give all your attention. You should never listen to music as background music. Ever." We are here to bring those wishes to life.
Saturday Audio Exchange will be providing a custom-curated hi-fi audio system to make this experience come to life on vinyl. By attending the event, you will listen to the album as if you are watching a movie -- no phones, no distractions and complete focus on the beauty ingrained on Spirit of Eden. Take a look at the sound equipment Classic Album Sundays typically uses at their events here.
Event organizer Sam Willett will spin an all-vinyl playlist of artists that influenced and have been influenced by Talk Talk. Attendees should take this warm-up time to take a look around Transistor, socialize with new and old friends, and drink beverages. When we have a full house, we will give attendees a ten-minute warning before the album starts. Then, Sam will introduce the album and drop the needle. From there, your mind should be completely involved with the album and prepared for a musical adventure.
A copy of the Talk Talk biography will be on display at the event. The event is BYOB and costs $5 to attend. Click here to buy your tickets via Eventbrite. Tickets may be available at the door, but it's possible the event will sell out before the needle drops. These events are very popular in their satellite locations, so be sure to arrive early to secure your spot for the listening experience of a lifetime. Click here to check out where the album is being played around the world and the audio menu featured at each event.
If you're interested in purchasing your own copy of the album Spirit of Eden or the band biography The Spirit of Talk Talk, click here for exclusive discount codes and save a few bucks on your purchase.
About the Event Presenter
Sam Willett is the host of Classic Album Sundays Chicago. He is a passionate music fan and occasional music journalist, whose writing has appeared in Consequence of Sound, Music Festival Central, and his own blog, Tripping the Sounds Fantastic. He enjoys watching cartoons on mute while listening to records, going on long walks with a good pair of headphones or good friend, dancing while on these walks because he feels like it, drinking lots of coffee to keep the energy going, making awful puns at the right and wrong moments, getting out of his comfort zone to try new things, questioning life, and writing longer-than-usual lists to test a reader's patience. If you read to this point, you passed!