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Tonight @ Cabaret Mile-End: Land of Talk, Braids, and Snailhouse

Posted by Sarah / November 18, 2010

LandofTalk.jpgA great number of you have probably heard of the local band called Land of Talk. Speaking of "talk", word is their lead singer has officially joined the great Canadian music collective, Broken Social Scene (whose new record is pretty great btw) as well. With such a great, sweet, touching and hypnotizing voice, I can imagine that Elizabeth Powell's musical talents are in high demand these days. And yet, there's still time to squeeze in a great show for the local fan base. Lucky for us, Land of Talk is playing tonight at the Cabaret Mile-End with Braids and Snailhouse.

Land of Talk's excellent latest album (Cloak and Cipher) includes a number of impressive and pertinent collaborations: "Land of Talk worked with Eoin Olaoghaire on bass, Andrew Barr on drums, members of Stars, Wintersleep, Besnard Lakes, Arcade Fire, Esmerine and Patrick Watson". Listening to some of it now on their Facebook page, I wonder how it's possible that I don't yet own this - I'll see to fixing this sad situation over at the merch table tonight. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing how this band's fantastic, heart-string-pulling AND rocking music translates to the stage.

Joining Land of Talk on the stage tonight is Braids, who will be performing songs from their much expected new release, Native Speaker. This group is quite a bit less rock-ish than Land of Talk, playing some rather spacey tunes. The signer's voice isn't so much a leading instrument as it is a floating ribbon of colour in Braid's rhythms and sounds. In fact, I'm tempted to say that it's the percussions that lead the quartet's floaty melodic endeavors. At times, I can see some definite Bjork influences, and others, it sounds a bit more like good-old experimental-Canadian-Indie.

Also on tonight's bill is the ever-lovely signer-songwriter, Snailhouse, or as I to describe him, master of solid song-writing. Throughout the years, I've seen him backed up by a variety of pan-Canadian talents, as well as a variety of arrangements. His shows are always interesting, whether he's playing solo or trying something new with other musicians. It's been a while since I've been able to catch one of his shows however, so I'm not quite sure what he has been up to in the last few months, but I am certain that he'll bring something special to this fabulous lineup.

Doors open at 8:30pm, show starts an hour later. Tickets are $15.

Land of Talk photo grabbed from their Facebook page



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