Land Of Talk - Some Are Lakes

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Some Are Lakes is the debut studio album of Canadian indie rock band Land Of Talk, originally released in September 2008 via Secretly Canadian in Canada and Saddle Creek in the US.

After more than two years of touring for their debut release, and having gained and lost a few members, Land Of Talk retired to their hometown of Montreal to roll tape on a batch of new songs.

Singer songwriter and guitarist Elizabeth Powell set about making an album that could encompass a great deal with very little, an aesthetic in stark contrast to the orchestral pop and digi-tweaked indie chic. With bassist Chris McCarron and drummer Andrew Barr (The Slip), the band set up in an old converted church outside of Montreal and recorded nine songs with the helping hands of Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). The tenth and final track "Troubled" was recorded in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at Vernon's parents' home.

The album opener, "Yuppy Flu", and the two songs that follow, "Death By Fire" and "The Man Who Breaks Things (Dark Shuffle)", are stealthy nods to Land of Talk's much ballyhooed debut EP, Applause Cheer Boo Hiss. Powell is as unrelenting in her appraisal of the world as she's ever been, and it's a world as pitiably venal as it is lovingly rendered. These songs might easily have sat in tandem with the urgent rawness of the EP tracks but with Powell's sense of story and Vernon's fresh perspective, they find better use on the new album. Here they set a perfect bridge from the jangling dissonance and ferocious doubled voicings of the debut, towards the road-weathered clarity and reflectiveness she has now begun to own so fully - a narrative string from there, to here, and beyond.

When the titular track hits four songs in, it's clear why Some Are Lakes is the album's anthem call, as much a nostalgic tramp through summers past and love unending as a backhand ode to the very album it appears on. It's a statement of intent with a sea change at its heart. "It started at a summer lake / a sentence and a name / If only for a moment's sake/ We called it and it came" Powell sings. The fierce spotlight of Powell's attention points inward and has begun exposing a more private side of the nascent iconoclast. There's nothing fragile in it. The honesty makes it steel. That in itself is a kind wonder.

Where once one might have questioned whether Powell was shielding herself under the gauze and frenzy of her music, songs like "It's Okay”, with its Afghan Whigs-inspired soul, and the alt-country amble of "Troubled" prove that she is ready to strike at the heart of even her own cherished conceits, and come out of it fresh, fighting fit and game for putting herself on the line in the spirit of true musical confession.

As a portent of things to come Some Are Lakes is nothing short of inspiring. On its own merits, it's simply striking. The simplest things are the hardest to make.

This album is a 2016 reissue on black vinyl with a printed insert and download code, pressed in the US via Saddle Creek.

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Yuppy Flu

5:08

A2

Death By Fire

4:10

A3

The Man Who Breaks Things (Dark Shuffle)

2:11

A4

Some Are Lakes

3:41

A5

Give Me Back My Heart Attack

4:27

B1

It's Okay

4:54

B2

Young Bridge

3:45

B3

Corner Phone

3:14

B4

Got A Call

4:19

B5

Troubled

3:23

SKU 648401012613
Record Label Saddle Creek
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number LBJ-126
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 28 July 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 07 October 2008
Barcode # 648401012613
Shipping Weight 0.2900kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Insert, Reissue, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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