Yet another CD review from intern Brendan Greene-Walsh. OK, Brendan, time to send some more…
Land of Talk, Some Are Lakes (Saddle Creek) — Land of Talk is a three-piece outfit from Montreal and a recent addition to the Saddle Creek roster. Fronted by singer and guitarist Elizabeth Powell, the trio takes a quirky approach to their music, with the song writing and structures combining into an amalgamation of genres that results in a cohesive final product. Drawing primarily from up-tempo folk and rock, the band uses dance beats and jazz chords to fill out their sound. The driving force is the rhythm section, with Powell’s sparse, jangling guitar added at the right moments. It’s her voice, however, that makes the album work. I was reminded of Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino — the two share a light, unforced style. At times she sounds willing to relinquish tonal control only to rein it back before the notes turn sour. My only complaint is the odd stops and starts on the first two tracks disrupt the flow and make it difficult to dig into this interesting album. Rating: Yes.– Brendan Greene-Walsh
Tim Sez: Its shimmery, mid-tempo indie rock feels influenced by ’70s-era Fleetwood Mac thanks to a well-grounded rhythm section. That said, frontwoman Elizabeth Powell sounds more like Carol van Dyk (Bettie Serveert) than Stevie or Christine. It’s pleasant-going until “Give Me Back My Heart Attack” breaks through the monotony, only to slide back into mid-tempo gear with “It’s Okay,” a song whose bass-drum combo would sound good at your next prom. There is a middle-of-the-road quality to a lot of this, which could cause it to get lost in an ever-growing, ever-homogenized sea of indie music. Rating: Yes.
Tomorrow: An interview with Rig 1’s Ian McElroy…
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