Land of Talk have announced the release of their sophomore album, Cloak and Cipher, out August 24th, 2010 on Saddle Creek.
Joining vocalist and songwriter Elizabeth Powell on the album are Eoin O Laoghaire (bass) and Andrew Barr (drums) and special guests drawn from the Montreal music scene and beyond including Patrick Watson as well as members of Stars, Silver Mount Zion Band, Wintersleep, Besnard Lakes, Arcade Fire and Esmerine.
Land of Talk hit the road later this month with Besnard Lakes. The touring band for the May dates will be Elizabeth Powell (vocals/guitar), Joe Yarmush (bass/guitars/vocals), Andrew Barr (drums/percussion) and Eoin O Laoghaire (bass).
The follow up to 2008's critically adored debut LP Some Are Lakes, Cloak and Cipher's ten tracks mark an electric step forward for the band musically and sonically, establishing Land of Talk as one of Canada's most exciting new musical voices. Recorded in Montreal's Breakglass Studios in the Fall of 2009 with producer Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes, Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown), the return to the studio was a homecoming of sorts after nearly two years of life on the road that was punctuated by the release of 2009's Fun and Laughter EP. Following the release of Some Are Lakes, Land of Talk joined Broken Social Scene on a North American tour where in addition to opening the show, Powell joined the collective on stage nightly and left critics taking note, including the New York Times raving in their live review, "[Powell] proved herself a strong guitarist and a calmly arresting lead singer…She made a virtue of directness and brevity, letting small details speak for themselves." While the buzz around Some Are Lakes was steadily growing, these staggering live sets brought attention to Powell's stand-out voice and undeniable presence as a front-woman to watch.
Cloak and Cipher tracklisting in full:
1. Cloak and Cipher
2. Goaltime Exposure
3. Quarry Hymns
4. Swift Coin
5. Color Me Badd
6. The Hate I Won't Commit
7. Hamburg, Noon
8. Blangee Blee
10. Better and Closer
Land of Talk tour dates:
5/26/10 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom*
5/27/10 Washington, DC @ Black Cat*
5/28/10 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*
5/29/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's*
5/30/10 Cambridge, MA @ TT the Bears*
5/31/10 Portland, ME @ Space Gallery
*w/ Besnard Lakes