Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Land Of Talk- 'Some Are Lakes'

Montreal's Land Of Talk were a much hyped band back in 2006 when they released their Applause Cheer Boo Hiss EP. After enduring some line-up changes and minor production delays the band are back in the spotlight with their new debut full length, Some Are Lakes. The album which was produced by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, clearly showcases the talents of frontwoman Elizabeth Powell(vocals/guitar), who without a doubt has come into her own on 'Some Are Lakes'. Taking a cue from early 90's frontwomen like Tanya Donelly, Kristen Hersh or Kim Deal before her, Powell shows a touch for being able to blend powerful guitar driven indie rock with the knack for still keeping melodic pop undertones. On tracks like "Young Bridge" and "Give Me Back My Heart Attack", Powell's vocals are at the same time powerful, vulnerable and full of raw emotion, the latter of which is a frenzy of slanted rhythms and harsh guitars. "Corner Phone" shows the bands explosive indie prowess, while "It's Okay" proves the band is equally strong when slowing things down, highlighting Powell's melancholy delivery.

There's really not a bad track on the LP, but at it's core is the title track, "Some Are Lakes". The track is an indie-pop gem, that somehow blends the dark undercurrent of her parents battle with cancer, as seen through her father's eyes, as Powell sings .... “I’ll love you like I love you/Then I’ll die,”. On the new disc Powell stakes her claim as one of the leading lady's of indie-rock, and deservingly so. On 'Some Are Lakes' Powell has arrived and so has Land Of Talk.

Corner Phone - Land Of Talk

Land Of Talk on myspace.

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