Yoga Music Pick #2

Posted: March 20, 2011 in Yoga

Part of what I love about this ongoing fatandthefurious blog is that it’s not so much about the ultimate goal (Ironman); it’s about the journey to get there including all those sudden u-turns, detours and reroutes.  And if deciding what my preferred selections of music to set my yoga workouts to should provide either a moment of clarity, or as an obstacle to accomplishing the master goal, then that’s an equal part of the adventure.  So, without further adieu, I have found yet another appropriate album to inspire another ideal yoga workout.

Back in the summer (August) of 1995 I purchased a copy of Mojo magazine at a news agent stand outside the Tower Hill tube stop in London, England.  This particular copy of Mojo had as its feature article The 100 Greatest Albums and it would forever change my outlook on music.  I spent the rest of that summer hunting out those albums in the dusty record shops of Soho and the Portobello market and seldom was I ever disappointed.  It was this way that I discovered this gem of an album, Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk.  Does this have anything to do with Ironman?  No, not really.  But is it part of the journey?  Absolutely.

This is what angels listen to when they have hangovers which, as it happens, also classifies itself as the perfect yoga accompaniment.  It is rumored that when band leader Mark Hollis first played the tape of this album, his A&R man broke down into tears.  Whether this was because it was so intensely beautiful, or because the album had taken 14 months and cost over $350,000, we may never know.  But before Spirit of Eden was released Talk Talk were a big part of the 80’s New Wave scene. Surprising everybody the trio went from playing gleeful pop music to suddenly creating a whole new genre, post-rock. While it is a post-rock influenced record it shows some minor influences of jazz and ambient. The jazz influences are mainly shown off by various piano chords that are easily detected throughout the album. The ambiance of the album is displayed by numerous keyboard dynamics that slowly build up as each song progresses. To add to the audible mix Talk Talk uses plenty of other instruments including organs, oboes, violins, flutes, sparkling guitars, and whatever the hell a Mexican bass is. There are no extended solos or quick paced riffs, Spirit of Eden relies on a patient listener that is willing to sit threw a lot of ambient build up before a song actually comes together.  Hmm, kind of sounds like the whole yoga experience if you ask me.  When songs are going through their climax there are beautiful textures of instruments creating a soothing and extremely laid-back feel. All that Spirit of Eden wants you to do is kick back, close your eyes, and let the music sink in which I am very happy to do while comfortably balanced in my Navasana pose.  Look at me…do I rock or what?

Talk Talk provides you with some gloomy, reflective and inspiring beautiful music here and, for me, the seemingly complex multi-instrumental texture of this particular album also makes it about the perfect pace and mood for an effective yoga session.

  1. Heather Jones says:

    Agreed. Awesome album. So unbelievably perfect for yoga (and other joys). Never gets old. Hauntingly beautiful.

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