Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Land Of Talk Drops Tracks, Tour Dates, Commentary For New Record

We've been digging on Land Of Talk for quite some time, so when news came around that they had a new record on tap, we waited with bated breath to get a listen to Cloak And Cipher. Luckily for us, the wait wasn't very long, and the band dropped the cover art (above) and started posting a few tastes of the record for free download online.

The first free track, "Swift Coin", does a masterful job of combining the blazing guitars of the band's first EP with the killer melodies of their full length Some Lakes. The last minute of the song is one of the fiercest moments of guitaring that we've heard in quite a while. The second, "Quarry Hymns", is slightly more subtle, relying more heavily on Lizzie Powell's vocals. It does so to great success, and the simple rolling lilt of the instrumentals serves as the ideal backdrop to her cracklingly lovely pipes.

But wait - theres's more! In the wake of the record leaking, Powell sat down with the folks at The Ampersand, let them stream the entire record, and gave her thoughts on each track. We'll be completely frank with you: the two tracks mentioned above are only the tip of the iceberg. This is the best record we've heard from the band yet, and reading Powell's insights on the tracks only makes it better.

We wouldn't think our Land Of Talk love could get much bigger, but then we realized we're going to get to see all these songs live! The band is mounting a North American tour for the fall, and they'll be stopping just about anywhere that your heart might desire. We'll say this: we've told you we love the band live before, but with this new batch of songs, we're thinking it may be a whole new ballgame. You'll be kicking yourself if you miss out.

Land Of Talk Fall 2010 Dates
Sep 16 Lee's Palace Toronto, ON, ., CANADA
Sep 19 Beachland Tavern CLEVELAND, OH
Sep 21 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
Sep 22 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
Sep 23 Slowdown Front Room Omaha, NE
Sep 26 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 29 Starlite Room Edmonton, AB, ., CANADA
Sep 30 Dicken's Pub Calgary, AB, ., CANADA
Oct 2 Lucky Bar Victoria, BC, ., CANADA
Oct 3 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC, ., CANADA
Oct 4 Crocodile Seattle, WA
Oct 5 Mississippi Studios Portland, OR
Oct 7 Independent San Francisco, CA
Oct 8 Culture Collide Festival - Echo Plex Los Angeles, CA
Oct 9 Detroit Bar Costa Mesa, CA
Oct 10 Casbah San Diego, CA
Oct 12 The Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
Oct 15 The Parish Austin, TX
Oct 16 The Nightmare Dallas, TX
Nov 2 Space Gallery Portland, ME
Nov 3 TT The Bear's Boston, MA
Nov 5 Johnny Brendas Philadelphia, PA
Nov 6 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
Nov 7 The Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, DC
Nov 9 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
Nov 10 The Earl Atlanta, GA
Nov 11 The End Nashville, TN
Nov 18 Cabaret du Mile End Montreal, Quebec, CANADA