Canadian indie rock band Land of Talk returns with 4 new singles

May 8, 2017 in news

Elizabeth Powell, the force behind Montreal-based indie rock band Land of Talk, makes a welcome return with a string of singles taken from upcoming album Life After Youth, which arrives on May 19th via Saddle Creek.

The LP was produced and mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) and Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes) and reunites Powell with the band’s original drummer, Bucky Wheaton.  Also featured are Sharon Van Etten, Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Sparks), and The Besnard Lakes.

After the release, Land of Talk will go on a headlining North American tour which kicks off June 13th.  Tour dates are posted below.

The band has released four songs in the months coming up to the new album arrival, unveiling lead single “Inner Lover”, second and third numbers “Loving” and “This Time”, and most recently, “Heartcore”.

Land of Talk formed in 2006 to great acclaim, but over the years (and through a debut EP and two albums; 2008’s Some Are Lakes and 2010’s breakthrough Cloak and Cipher) Powell endured various set-backs, from band member turnover to temporarily losing her voice, permanently losing some of her demo material, and the toll of a grueling recording and touring cycle.

In 2011 the band went on hiatus and in 2013 Powell began caring for her father after he suffered a stroke.  He was the one who sparked her desire to create music again when he asked her, Can you just get back to music?”  It was the push and blessing Powell needed to re-enter the fray, but this time on her own terms.

Life After Youth is a reflection of Powell’s recent years where she’s come face-to-face with mortality on a personal level.  After immersing herself in classical and ambient music, Powell changed her songwriting approach, building up stirring to reflective layers of synths and programmed loops instead of using her guitar.  Her emotionally vulnerable vocals are still the centerpiece of her compositions, as well as her perceptive, and many times, poignant lyrics.  As Powell puts it, “This album became my homecoming to Montreal.”

Life After Youth can be pre-ordered at Saddle Creek

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Land of Talk Tour Dates:

* w/ Half Waif

6/12 – Montreal, QC @ O Patro Vys

6/13 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *

6/14 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *

6/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *

6/18 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *

6/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center (with Strange Relations)

6/20 – Winnipeg Jazz Fest @ Good Will Social Club

6/22 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo’s *

6/23 – Edmonton, AB @ The Needle Vinyl Tavern *

6/24 – Calgary, AB @ Sled Island – King Edward Hotel “King Eddy” *

6/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial *

6/27 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos *

6/28 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *

6/30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *

7/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Cemetery *

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By Jen Dan

Jen Dan is a music writer based in New Jersey, USA who has a thing for Canadian music – well, as long as it aurally intrigues her… Over the years she has written countless music reviews and news pieces and interviewed a multitude of bands and singers – and even an actor here and there.

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