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Talk in Colour are a quintet from London who make wonderful electronic music with a chewy melodic centre.

They released a much acclaimed album last year called ColliderScope and are about to release the single Candles from their upcoming EP on 29th April,with some corking remixes involved too(some free to download).You may also remember them in their former guise as The Shadow Orchestra who made some cracking music too.

Talk In Colour table

Talk in Colour are running a monthly residency at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston,East London from 8th May, bringing together the best of live electronic music with the world of film, performing live re-scores of short films films from upcoming directors.They have been building quite a live show too with slots @ Union Chapel, KOKO, Jazz Café, Ronnie Scott’s, Thekla, Bestival, Big Chill-I don’t think they are home much then,eating cream crackers & organising their sock drawers ;).

If you like what you hear you can find lots more meaty goodness over at their Soundcloud page.

A general point but isn’t Soundcloud great for discovering new music? For me it out kicks Spotify & YouTube for discovering truly new & independent music & artists coming out of the music community(as opposed to its well healed cousin-the music industry).

And don’t forget lovely people that with the help of Soundcloud’s embedded Set’s we have our weekly Fresh On The Net Listening Post available to you from Friday to Sunday.

New Independent Music,New Independent Artists & you can pick your favourite 5 tunes every week.

If you think your best new track is crazy good and deserves to be shared with people then why not consider using the Fresh On the Net Dropbox (everything is explained via the Dropbox link).

Everything is listened to by the Freshnet team and its where I discovered Talk in Colour so they are living proof that great music always finds its way upwards.

Any road up, I digress – Back to the excellent Talk in Colour.

Ah yes,the line up you cry-Chris Bangs (electronics, cello, vocals, production); Kat Arney (harp); Mary Erskine (keyboards, vocals), Nick Siddall (guitar, production) and Dave Oliver (drums).

Actually I’ve just seen what they do get up to when they are at home – Check out their video for ‘Rocking Horse’ below-its all back to Talk In Colour’s flat for a party then!!!

Ladies & Gentlesir’s-we give you Prick and Ding 46 with Talk In Colour

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1. What are you up to at the moment?
We’re busy writing and recording new material for an upcoming EP, and curating a residency at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston where we put new music acts on and perform live soundtracks to short films by upcoming directors. The next one is 8th May, with great support acts (Our Mother and Cajita), a brilliant short from Carrie Cracknell, and Kat’s delicious homemade cakes too. Chris is also distracting himself by writing a score for a feature documentary about a crazy tennis match that happened between Billie Jean King and self-proclaimed male chauvinist and former Wimbledon winner Bobby Riggs. And Mary’s just been off on a tour of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, playing cello for Al Lewis.

2. Favourite childhood memory?
Nick: Just being able to try anything you like.
Chris: Pond dipping and rowing in Somerset at a friends place on the way down to Cornwall. It was the summer before secondary school way back when summers were properly hot.
Kat: Building dens in the woods out of sticks and moss.
Dave: Reaching the age of 18
Mary: Running around being feral in the countryside.

3. Hero?
Nick: Anyone doing what makes them happy
Chris: Two Russian guys who had to pull uranium rods out of the reactor of their nuclear submarine with their bare hands during the Cuban missile crisis to prevent a Third World War happening.
Kat: Beatrix Potter – not just a joyous author but a scientist too
Dave: Art Blakey
Mary: My parents (cheesy!), and people who go looking for bombs (IEDs) in war zones – a good friend of my sister lost both his legs doing that and is one of the most positive, inspiring people I know.

4. Villain?
Nick: Doubt and fear.
Chris: Anyone who attempts to assert their backward world view on the people under/around them.
Kat: The tabloid press
Dave: Michael Gove
Mary: People that lack empathy.

5. What/who makes you laugh?
Nick: Stewart Lee
Chris: Anything surreal and clever
Kat: Pictures of pandas
Dave: Spike Milligan
Mary: Limmy’s Show – one of the funniest, most bizarre and imaginative things I’ve seen for ages and I’m really happy it’s on TV.  

6. Describe what you do?
Nick: You tell us!
Chris: Music – writing, producing, scoring, performing, rehearsing, listening, and occasionally practising…
Kat: Too much.
Dave: Play the drums.
Mary: Wheelin’, dealin’ and trying to make my way.

7. Whose hair would you like to have for just one day?
Nick and Dave: Anyone’s !
Chris: Samson’s, to give me super human strength. Or Nathan Barley in that episode where he gets paint poured on his head.
Kat: Adele’s. No contest.
Mary: The guy from Sexual Chocolate 

8. Best musical experience to date?
Nick: Neil Young at Glastonbury
Chris: Toss up between Aphex Twin at Glastonbury ‘97 during his Richard D James phase and Rokia Troure whenever I’ve seen her play.
Kat: Sufjan Stevens at the Royal Festival Hall. Mindblowing. Also Mara Carlyle at the Purcell Rooms and Jay-Z at Glastonbury..
Dave: Simply being able to make music my job.
Mary: Bjork at Rock En Seine in 2007. Ladies dressed in amazing frocks playing the french horn, Bjork just doing her thing, sunset over Paris… I was in a sort of trance like state for about a week afterwards

9. What artist inspires you?
Nick: The ones who stick at it.
Chris: Paul Simon, David Bowie, Aphex, Fourtet, Caribou, Cage, Zappa, Beefheart, to name a few
Kat: Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane – pioneering jazz harpists
Dave: Sheperd Paine, the Jimi Hendrix of scale modelling.
Mary: What Nick said – the ones who stick at it and do their own thing.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
With so much music being made today, it’s increasingly difficult for unsigned bands to get heard. Fresh on the Net is a real oasis where bands can get honest feedback and get heard by professionals and listeners alike. It also keeps pushing the bar higher and keeps bands on their creative toes.


Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom's legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music - having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube...


  1. lovin this Johnno.
    Picked out ‘Bones’ as special a while back. Just having experienced ‘Rocking horse’ I am hughly impressed by the dynamic of the track (massivly atmospheric / filmic) and I think an alternative approach to a visual approach is required to do the track justice. Am being careful with my words but man, with the look in place the track will do the talking. Honesty with Love. Dan B-) xo

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