Cloak and Cipher

EMI Canada
Release date
24 Aug 2010
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Cloak and Cipher 3:46 13,167
2 Goaltime Exposure 5:41 11,577
3 Quarry Hymns 5:45 23,013
4 Swift Coin 4:50 14,712
5 Color Me Badd 3:58 10,542
6 The Hate I Won't Commit 5:00 7,558
7 Hamburg, Noon 3:32 9,572
8 Blangee Blee 4:07 10,452
9 Playita 5:55 8,069
10 Better and Closer 6:11 7,683

About this album

“Elizabeth Powell’s sultry howl is like a stiff drink: icy, not too sweet and capable of knocking you on your ass.” - Rolling Stone

“The spotlight stays on charismatic Elizabeth Powell, who grinds out chunky guitar noise as she attacks the mic with a slow-burn drawl that suggests Lucinda Williams fronting a power trio.” – SPIN

“Powell’s voice is airy with a gritty quality that lets her vocals float along the melody, or cut to the core in the chorus. There is a raw yet charming quality – that will undoubtedly draw you in.” – Chart Magazine

Montreal trio Land of Talk, spearheaded by vocalist and songwriter Elizabeth Powell, have announced the release of their sophomore full-length album, Cloak and Cipher, out August 24th, 2010 through Secret City. Joining 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, Wintersleep, Besnard Lakes, Arcade Fire and Esmerine.

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.

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