Now a new book, Spirit of Talk Talk, has been designed by James Marsh, who artworked all of the band’s releases over the course of their ten year lifespan from 1981-1991.
Over that period, the band’s music was to journey from synth-pop into a more experimental realm. Alongside this, Marsh’s artwork took on an evolving psychedelic, botanic and ornithological look.
Marsh was working with Alan Aldridge – a godfather of psych album art – in the late 60s at Ink Studios, surely a formative influence on his style.
Some years later, with Talk Talk’s peers posing for photographic album covers, Marsh was engaged for the band’s first single, and having not even heard their music at this stage, created this literal interpretation of the name.
The book devotes around 60 pages to the artwork, and this part is written by Marsh, who gives a detailed analytical view explaining each composition, but with a light enough touch to not get too bogged down in one story.
We see the development of concepts from start to finish, sometimes with unused designs and fragments of work.
Elsewhere unseen photographs of the band have been included across this 200-page, large format, full colour hardback, which is printed onto heavyweight paper.
The cover art has been designed by Marsh and has been printed onto kashgar cloth binding with silver foil detailing.
A deluxe edition comes in this clamshell box designed by Marsh, covered in electric blue cloth and embossed with a white foil moth; the book inside is bound in white moire satin taffeta cloth.
Both the classic edition, (£40) and the deluxe edition (£150) are numbered and signed by Marsh. They will be published in September by Rocket 88 Books.