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Land of Talk

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Land of Talk features 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 a friend of his, drummer Bucky Wheaton, and they formed Land of Talk in 2005. By the time the band recorded its 2006 debut album, Applause Cheer Boo Hiss (which bore influences such as PJ Harvey, Dinosaur Jr., and Sonic Youth), Tim Kramer had taken over bass duties. More lineup changes followed in 2007, with Kramer and Wheaton leaving Land of Talk and bassist Chris McCarron and drummer Eric Thibodeau joining. The band landed on Saddle Creek for its second-full length, 2008's Some Are Lakes, which showed off a more eclectic, melodic approach and production by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. For Land of Talk's 2010 album, Cloak and Cipher, Powell -- who wrote the album's songs while recuperating from a problem with her vocal cords -- was joined by two new bandmates, bassist Joseph Yarmush and drummer Andrew Barr, as well as members of Stars, Arcade Fire, and the Besnard Lakes. The band's fourth LP followed a four-year break from music by leader Powell provoked by exhaustion, lost demos, and family illness. Marking a change in direction, its sound was inspired by music that aided her father's recovery from a stroke, including ambient, classical, and Japanese music for the traditional stringed instrument the tonkori. Arriving in the spring of 2017 via Saddle Creek, Life After Youth featured production by John Agnello and performances by Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, Sharon Van Etten, and the Besnard Lakes. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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Land of Talk

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    Popularity
  2.   This Time
  3.   Some Are Lakes
  4.   Quarry Hymns
  5.   Magnetic Hill
  6.   In Florida
  7.   Give Me Back My Heart Attack
  8.   It's Okay
  9.   Breaxxbaxx
  10.   Macabre
  11.   World Made
  12.   Hamburg, Noon
  13.   Swift Coin
  14.   Yuppy Flu
  15.   Lossless
  16.   Sea Foam
  17.   Corner Phone
  18.   The Man Who Breaks Things (Dark Shuffle)
  19.   The Hate I Won't Commit
  20.   Cloak and Cipher
  21.   Better and Closer
  22.   Street Wheels
  23.   What Was I Thinking?
  24.   Inner Lover
  25.   Dark Nature Places
  26.   2 Ships
  27.   Color Me Badd
  28.   Blangee Blee
  29.   A Series of Small Flames
  30.   Troubled
  31.   Death By Fire
  32.   Speak to Me Bones
  33.   Summer Special
  34.   Spiritual Intimidation
  35.   Playita
  36.   Young Bridge
  37.   All My Friends
  38.   Heartcore
  39.   May You Never
  40.   Got A Call
  41.   Loving
  42.   Yes You Were
  43.   Sixteen Asterisk
  44.   Goaltime Exposure
  45.   As Me

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