Interview with Talk Less Say More
London-based artist Talk Less Say More just released the music video for his captivating track “Repeating“, inspired by the surrealist tendencies of director David Lynch, as well as referencing Peep Show’s Mark Corrigan’s cult passage that he’s “living a normal life and no one can prove otherwise” — despite evident hectic day-to-day life.
We had a chance to catch up with Talk Less Say More to find more about the excellent, innovative video and his general background:
Early on in the discussions, Ieva from Blake House Filmmakers Cooperative (who co-directed the video) mentioned she had just got a puppy. I suggested we feature him in the video as at the very least it would mean I would be able to hang out with a puppy while we were filming, which should make the process more enjoyable! I wanted it to be lit so that Bernie would look like he was in a Caravaggio painting. Aside from that there wasn’t too much decided before we started.
The narrative emerged as we filmed and edited the piece. I often find this to be case in a creative process. You don’t get to decide what the thing is about at the beginning – it will reveal itself through the work.
I’d say the first season of Twin Peaks would stand out as being the piece of Lynch’s work that has been most influential on me in general. There is a lot of humanity and warmth alongside the mystery of the unknown. We certainly wanted some striking and surreal moments in the video and drew on Lynch as inspiration.
I suppose I started writing songs about the age of 16. I was always more interesting in songwriting and arranging rather than mastering an instrument. At least that’s my excuse for being distinctly average on everything I play!
Your sound manages to impressively blend aspects of pop, ambience, krautrock, techno and hip-hop. Has there ever been a desire to hone in one something more narrow, or have you always been aiming for a very eclectic sound?
How has your music evolved?
Across the Three Birds trilogy, there has been a trend away from synthesisers and electronic-style production towards a more ‘live’ sound. I used more real instruments on Bonfire Night than I did on Violent and England Without Rain, and used a cleaner vocal sound.
Which musician would you like to collaborate with?
Huun Huur Tu, the Mongolian Throat Singers.