Last year Brain Damage released the album « Walk the walk », unanimously acclaimed by critics, and considered as one of the cornerstones of his discography.
The album was recorded at the legendary "Harry J Studio" (Bob Marley, Steel Pulse). It was for Martin an opportunity to meet many Reggae’s legends. Finally in featuring: Horace Andy, Willi Williams, Winston Mc Anuff, Ras Michael and Kiddus I.
A year after Brain Damage is back with "Talk the Talk", an album compiling the dub versions of each of the pieces of the previous opus.
To enhance each of this songs, Martin Nathan had chosen to call another legend :Father Wee Pow, founder of the Jamaican sound system Stone Love, famous since 1972!
« Talk the talk » is composed by sound manipulations, sometimes noisy, mixed to the ravishing Elders’ chorus. Each dub version is shaped with a lot of echoes, reverbs, fake accidents, all demonstrating mastery.
One of the particularities of "Talk the Talk" is that each song systematically ended with some extracts of interviews with the different singers, as if it was a way to honour them.
Paradoxically, if Brain Damage is considered for many years as one of the main actors of the French and International dub scene, "Talk the talk" seems to be is his first real dub album.
If it’s similar to a stylistic exercise, “Talk the Talk” is an essential piece inside a larger project where a documentary (“Walk the Walk”) allows to understood the whole project. In fact, the director Wasaru had joined Brain Damage during his journey in Jamaica. It was a great opportunity for him not only to create an artistic work but also to hear these legends telling their childhood memories. This serie has a heritage value. In this 8 episodes coming from the web series”Walk the Walk” we can find a photo of the 60s and 70s Jamaican life, anecdotes about the different characters, mythical events of the Island (Bob Marley, Tosh Pete) and intimate confessions.
The English expression «talk the talk, walk the walk » means to turn our words into actions is perfectly illustrated by this project due to every intellectual aspect well thought out earlier than the realisation.
Episode 1 : HORACE ANDY
The singer with the unique voice.
In this episode Horace Andy presents the way he was “discovered” singing on the street. He also sings about the moment he recorded his first song in 1967 at the age of 16 (including the first time he smoked pot!), about his idols Jimi Hendrix or Dillinger and about his different careers: mechanic, plumber, bricklayer…
Episode 2 : Ras Michael
He is a striking illustration of a certain social status. Ras Michael lived in really poor ghettos. He had no place to sleep and he barely could buy enough food to survive. However, he became the first rasta to host a radio show in 1967. In this episode, he also mentions some of Bob Marley’s memories of the legendary One Love Peace Concert 78 and explains how this legend «borrowed» from him some of his songs.
Episode 3 : Kiddus I
Kiddus talks about his special relationship with his grandmother and presents his point of view about politics with great finesse. He has grown in the city and in «wild life»of the countryside, so he gives us a simple and smart ecologist speech about the way the system prevents autonomy.
Episode 4 : Willi Williams
Willi Williams lived in different places across the island and spent a lot of his time surrounded by famous musicians (Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Sly Dunbar). He developed a passion for history in school. Thus, in his songs he tells stories about slavery and he narrates important historical events such as the 1966 Haile Selassie’s visit to Jamaica, a milestone event in his life
Episode 5 : Winston McAnuff
Winston McAnuff. This episode presents the friendship between Winston and Stephen Stewart, the special atmosphere of the recording session of Lion and goat (Brain Damage) and the dark matter of the song Malcolm X. This classic reggae song, covered for the first time by Earl 16 in 1975, had a huge success when Dennis Brown performed it in 1977. However, Winston, the author of this hit has never received any credit for that.
Episode 6 : Sam Clayton Jr.
Sam Clayton Jr. a key figure of the album, producer and renowned sound engineer, was used to travel between France and Jamaica. In this episode, he explains us the way the project was created: his friendship with Brain Damage, working with Stephen Stewart, and the unusual meetings he attended…
Episode 7 : Stephen Stewart & Harry J Studio
One who took over the reins for 17 years tells the story of Harry J Studio. The studio which was founded in 1972 with the intention of having nothing to envy to the great New York and international references, it has marked the history of reggae and welcomed Bob Marley, Toots, Burning Spear, Pete Tosh and Jimmy Cliff. Stephen speaks with humility one of his secrets: a special room ..
Episode 8 : Martin Nathan AKA Brain Damage
Martin speaks about the project genesis, his desire of playing in duo and his willingness of changing enhanced by discussions with Sam Clayton.
The final idea arises with the death of John Holt, and the desire to evoke childhood memories of these artists - the context of how they grew up, by whom they were raised, and their background takes a testimonial appearance.
With more than 11 albums behind him already, Martin Nathan ventures since 15 years into many artistic and stylistic
experiments, under the name of Brain Damage. Alternately dark, atmospheric, aggressive or poetic, his universe seems to be constantly evolving, what may be the key to his project longevity....more