Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Land Of Talk: Applause Cheer Boo Hiss

Land of Talk's new record Some Are Lakes drops today, and as mentioned previously, we've been looking forward to it. In the wake of the new record, we thought it might also be prudent to mention the band's first disc, Applause Cheer Boo Hiss. The seven-track disc is an awesome first taste of the band, and easily worth investing in if you like what you hear on the new record.

Last time we saw Liz Powell, she was helping out Broken Social Scene with vocals, so it's easy to write her off as "another girl from that scene", but Land Of Talk have a voice that's all their own. Powell's vocals, while at first seeming familiar, definitely have their own distinctive tone and edge. The band manages to also carve their own niche instrumentally, delivering a solid mix of influences that combine to create a really tight guitar and percussion interplay. Many of the songs start off feeling like accessible indie-pop, and wind up delivering far much more in terms of instrumental depth and complexity. Marry all of this with Powell's witty, sometimes blunt lyrics, and you have the makings of a very nice EP.

As mentioned, Land Of Talk's new record is out today, and the EP has been in stores for a while. The band doesn't currently have any announced SF dates, but we'll keep you in the know.

mp3: Land Of Talk - All My Friends (YouSendIt, Click Through)