We hope you’ve all spent some time with Land Of Talk’s seven-song EP Applause Cheer Boo Hiss, on our very short list for best debut record of the year. We’ve seen ‘em no less than four times in the past few months and, if iTunes playcounts don’t lie (they don’t), Applause is one of our most-played recordings of ’06. They’ve been afforded heaps of blog love but, with an upcoming tour opening for The Stills, now’s a great time to peel your eyes and watch out for ‘em.
The three-piece is led by Lizzie Powell’s piercing, pristine voice, sailing over fuzzy guitar riffs, suspended chordal tones and the band’s chunky grooves. Her PJ Harvey-honed fretwork reveals countless Rid Of Me spins but, unlike Polly Jean’s venomous histrionics, Lizzie pleads her case in ever-pleasant tones — even when she’s torn to shreds. LoT give us something distinct from other Montreal groups worth watching; stripped of layered arrangements, blending immediately appealing vocals, bass-drum atmospherics, and chordal complexity. And the hooks! They won’t leave you. Consider the Talk one of our favorite new acts this year.
Land Of Talk – “Speak To Me Bones” (MP3 Link Expired)
Land Of Talk – “Breaxxbaxx” (MP3 Link Expired)
We know you have your thoughts on the matter, so cast your vote for best debut of ’06. (No votes for Ashlee’s new nose, please.)