By Michael Joffe for Aux
Lately we’ve been listening to a lot of Land of Talk – and with good reason – the band’s second full length studio album will be out this fall. Back in July we gave you a first listen of Cloak and Cipher with the track “Swift Coin” and today AUX is premiering “Quarry Hymns” off the Jace Lasek produced album. Like the Liz Powell you’ve come to expect, Quarry Hymns features smooth, breathy vocals over catchy guitar riffs that you’ll want to take with you on your walk home. So go ahead, download the track and let us know what you think.
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Click HERE to download “Swift Coin” from Land of Talk’s album Cloak and Cipher!
Land of Talk Line Up Canada-Heavy North American Tour
By Alex Hudson for Exclaim!
Now that Liz Powell isn’t a full-time member of Broken Social Scene, the songwriter has more time to devote to her band, Land of Talk. Back in May, the Montreal indie rockers revealed that their second full-length, Cloak and Cipher, would be coming out on August 24 via Saddle Creek. Once it’s released, Powell and her bandmates will be hitting the road for an extensive North American tour.
The outing will last for most of the fall, making it Land of Talk’s biggest headlining tour yet. It will kick off in Toronto on September 16, with later Canadian dates in Alberta and British Columbia. For the western U.S. leg of the tour, they’ll be joined by fellow Montreal indie rockers the Besnard Lakes.
Land of Talk : Cloak and Cipher
By Whitney Tam for Exclaim!
As we already told you, Montreal pop rockers Land of Talk will be releasing their sophomore record, Cloak and Cipher, later this month. But rather than waiting, you can now listen to the whole album on the National Post’s website and read up on what singer Liz Powell had to say about every song.
Written in the six months it took Powell to recuperate from a vocal chord ailment, Land of Talk’s newest effort features contributions from Patrick Watson, members of Stars, Arcade Fire, Wintersleep and the Besnard Lakes.
To listen to the record, simply click here.
Cloak and Cipher is set to drop on August 24 via Saddle Creek Records.
Artist Series Podcast Kathryn Calder
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Perhaps best known as a member of the New Pornographers and Immaculate Machine, Kathryn Calder has just released her highly anticpated first solo project, Are You My Mother. She was in town recently, and took time off of her busy tour schedule to swing by our Vancouver Studios to record a special West Coast edition of Artist Series Podcast. Sit back, relax, and enjoy selections from a Vancouver Island girl, born and bred.
You should also go here to listen to Are you My Mother in its entirety, as well as Kathryn’s interview with Lisa Christiansen, and loads of other Kathryn-related tidbits.
Pop Rocks Feature Review: Kathryn Calder
By Amanda Ash for Exclaim.ca
In 2007, Kathryn Calder decided to explore her songwriting capabilities. Her musical talents had always been leant to a larger group ― either Victoria, BC’s Immaculate Machine or the infamous New Pornographers ― so Calder chose to experiment with her sound and style to see what would emerge.
Over the past few years, Calder cut and crafted ten beautifully arranged songs that would eventually become her debut solo album, Are You My Mother? If Calder planned to make a name for herself with this record, one that could stand apart from her past and present projects, she has succeeded. Are You My Mother? is melodically diverse and incredibly easy to sink into.
Opening track “Slip Away” introduces you to Calder’s crystalline voice, leading you into her perfectly manicured soundscapes. “Castor and Pollux,” “If You Only Knew” and “Follow Me Into The Hills” are perfect poppy tunes that you’ll want to sing along with, even if you don’t know the words. But “Arrow,” a haunting song with minimal instrumentation, is the highlight of the album. It illuminates Calder’s simple, altruistic approach to music, where primary human emotions are never clouded with spite, selfishness or shame.
Check out Kathryn’s CBC Radio 3 Profile
Find tracks and create playlists with songs from Are You My Mother at CBC Radio 3.