Eoin French serves up a mix of 60s songwriting, modern innovators, and alt-pop heroes.
Talos debut album ‘Wild Alee’, has received unanimous praise since its release in April this year. Noted for its introspective core, cinematic soundscapes and stirring falsetto singing, it's a collection that manages to feel both epic and intimate in equal measure. This curious juxtaposition is also apparent in Talos Spotify playlist. Choosing 19 tracks for Other Voices, it's a playlist of masterful vocalists and studio pioneers.
Speaking of his selections, Eoin zeroes in on Robag Whrume's track ‘Thora Vukk', describing it as "a great song for early hours”. There’s also special praise reserved for Sufjan Steven’s as “one of our generation’s great songwriters” and Anohni’s track ‘Crisis’ - "I think 'HOPELESSNESS' is a really important record and this is the most heart-wrenching song on it”.
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There’s also some choice picks from the 1960s, such as The Beach Boys ‘You Still Believe In Me’ - “Pet Sounds is a masterpiece and this is probably my favourite” and Nina Simone’s rendition of ‘Strange Fruit’ - “Probably the most powerful song ever written and performed”. Similar compliments are paid to Tim Buckley’s classic ‘Song To The Siren’ - “This was and still is a marker for songwriting for me”.
Speaking of his teenage heroes, Eoin highlights past Other Voices performers Wild Beasts and the 2009 track ‘We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues’ - “Wild Beasts and this album in particular, 'Two Dancers', was the soundtrack to my teens and early twenties. For me, it's a classic and this song is one of the best on it”. While his praise for Mount Kimbie’s ‘Blue Train Lines’ is straight to the point - “Dig this, super raw”.