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Cloak and Cipher

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Album Review

Land of Talk takes another step away from its raw roots with Cloak and Cipher, with songs and vocals that are downright lush and lavish. Singer/guitarist Elizabeth Powell is joined not only by a new rhythm section, bassist Joseph Yarmush and drummer Andrew Barr, but a host of friends that just happen to be Canadian indie-rock luminaries. The Besnard Lakes’ Jace Lasek contributes an ornate string arrangement to “Goal Time Exposure”, while Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara drums on the expansive “Quarry Hymns.” With an all-star cast like this, it’s not surprising that Cloak and Cipher is beautifully played and layered: the title track and “Better and Closer” have every note in place and are never less than pretty. Meanwhile, “Swift Coin” and “Color Me Badd” bring urgency to the album, while the jazzy, Metric-like “Hamburg, Noon” and “Blangee Blee” show just how well Land of Talk balance delicacy and rock power. “The Hate I Won’t Commit,” with its guitar onslaughts and sudden stops and starts, proves that Powell and company can still surprise.

Customer Reviews

Up and coming indie rock trio

The guitar riffs are more Sundays than the Sundays, courtesy of front woman Elizabeth Powell. She has a great voice and she writes the songs to. Expect this Montreal band to hit the bigtime.

Sundays but better

Agree it's very similar to the Sundays but little more upbeat - great musicianship, wonderful voice. A better version of the Sundays - more layered. Preview Quarry Hymns and Color Me Badd to see if you like it

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Land of Talk feature Elizabeth Powell (vocals/guitar), a former punk who got her start playing her own anti-folk anthems on the local scene of Guelph, Ontario, during her mid-teens. Upon her college years, with stints playing with the Aaron Riches Nuclear Family Band and the Valentines behind her, Powell set her sights on a solo career in the late '90s. While gigging in and around Ontario and Quebec, she met bassist Blake Markle and his friend, drummer Bucky Wheaton, with whom she formed Land of...
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