Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis dies

Talk Talk's Mark Hollis has reportedly died

Talk Talk's Mark Hollis has reportedly died

Hollis formed Talk Talk in 1981.

Talk Talk began as a new wave synthpop band, with such hits as "Talk Talk", "Dum Dum Girl", and "It's My Life", but with 1986's The Colour of Spring the band began to expand its sound into more pastoral, ambient and jazz territories.

Anthony Costello, believed to be Hollis' cousin, first broke the news on Twitter, writing: "RIP Mark Hollis".

"Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in the band for him, ' Webb wrote, praising Hollis" 'trailblazing musical ideas'. He was one of the greats, if not the greatest, ' Webb wrote of Hollis.

Mark Hollis, most notably known as the singer and co-founder of the English post-rock outfit Talk Talk, has been reported dead at 64, per NME and numerous other outlets.

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'Wonderful husband and father.

'We had many, many laughs together...' Fascinating and principled man.

Others paid tribute to the musician, including Dave Rowntree of Blur, Tim Burgess of the Charlatans, Matt Johnson of The The and Simon Raymonde of the label Bella Union and formerly with the Cocteau Twins.

Their work influenced acclaimed acts including Radiohead and Sigur Ros - but the improv technique made touring hard, and the group split in 1991 following tensions with their label. Talk Talk released one more album, 1991's Laughing Stock, leaving Hollis to release one solo album in 1998 before effectively retiring from music.

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