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Land of Talk: Free Track from Forthcoming New Album

Posted by Jer / August 15, 2010

Land of Talk Rocks Here at Midnight Poutine, we've made no secret of our respect and admiration for Montreal-based rockers Land of Talk. Jangly guitars combine with Elizabeth Powell's saccharine but edgy voice to create a truly ambitious sound. Their critically acclaimed debut album, Some Are Lakes, was delicate yet destructive. It landed the band on the 2009 Polaris Prize Long List. Now, after a teasing EP released late last year, the band is set to launch their 2nd full-length album, Cloak and Cipher, later this month.

Thanks to the band and the good folks in their entourage, you don't need to wait to hear it. They've given Midnight Poutine a sneak peek of the lead single, 'Swift Coin' and you can download it here.

Cloak and Cipher is definitely worth waiting for: it's full of brooding and aggressive tunes like 'Swift Coin', tender and honest ballads like 'Goaltime Exposure' and densely layered arrangements like the title track. The album retains a similar tone to its predecessor but the songs seem bolstered by a quiet confidence that likely came from nearly two years of heavy touring.

Speaking of which, the band is currently traveling around North America, road-testing the new album. They finish up here in Montreal on November 18, with a show at Cabaret du Mile End.

You can grab a download of 'Swift Coin' from the widget above or from the Saddle Creek store (note: email address required)

Cloak and Cipher comes out on August 24th, courtesy of local label Secret City Records.

photo of elizabeth powell from land of talk's myspace page

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