Talk Talk: Eden

Founder of the influential band Talk Talk, Mark Hollis has passed away at 64 years old. Widely credited with inventing post-rock—specifically through 1988’s Spirit Of Eden and 1991’s Laughing Stock—Talk Talk is best known for their 1984 new wave, synthpop masterpiece “It’s My Life,” but their endeavors with the aforementioned records propelled a genre. Hollis, who was born in Tottenham, wrote the majority of the band’s songs (oftentimes with bandmate Timothy Alan Friese-Greene) and performed lead vocals while playing numerous instruments—including guitar, organ and variophon. After the band’s break up, Hollis released a minimalist, self-titled solo album and then retired from the industry. Throughout his career, he grew ever more experimental and inventive, and his tremendous influence on music is perhaps even more recognizable than Hollis himself.