After listening to more of Harry Talin's catalogue, particularly his latest release The Exciter on cassette, we've decided that his music stands alone in its own world of distant synth ballads that feel as cold as ice yet somehow inviting.
Without having much of a clue as to where to begin with Talin's influences, we reached out to the man himself, and asked for a guest mix to help us understand his dystopian vision. What he's provided is the strangest mix of 80s music we've ever heard.
"I started making this mix with the intention of putting only songs that I've tried to copy on it. All of these songs are songs that I have obsessed over trying to figure out how they get a certain feeling, not just trying to rip chord progressions but just the feeling that the songs hold. I think they're also all songs I have completely failed at copying! Also just wanted to book end it with 2 Chrisma songs because they are hands down the band that has influenced me the most and/or driven me to try and make similar music. This mix is good for a nice cruise with the windows down blowing down the highway."
1. Chrisma - Lola
2. Bruce Springsteen - State Trooper
3. Suicide - Dream Baby Dream
4. Harmonia - Watussi
5. Robert Palmer - Johnny and Mary
6. Harald Grosskopf - Synthesist
7. Tears for Fears - Pale Shelter
8. Chrisma - C Rock