Haunting, inviting, indifferent, and unafraid, Elizabeth Powell and the Land Of Talk invade your headphones with their debut EP Applause Cheer Boo Hiss and leave you with melodies you won’t be able to shake off for days. The album is hardly a debut effort – Lizzie is no stranger to music, having played a handful of instruments and roles, including violin and bass guitar for other projects, and now vocals and guitar for the Montreal trio.
From where Land of Talk draws inspiration for their loosely composed lyrics is uncertain; perhaps from Lizzie’s childhood spent in a one-room schoolhouse in a small Canadian town, or from being the daughter of North America’s premiere female alligator wrestler (as advertised!), whatever that really entails.
And perhaps, it is no coincidence the band mirrors the Canadian city from which it emerges, whose paradoxical nicknames include la belle ville (the beautiful city) and the more hedonistic Sin City. In this sense, the duality is reflected in Lizzie’s wonderfully approachable vocals and the band’s lack of inhibition to put the Rock back into “Indie Rock”.
Applause is almost a telephone conversation amidst the pleasant static of warm and familiar chords, but one you will have to play over and over again to fully understand. Not that you’ll mind.
Recent and Upcoming Albums
April 2006 – Applause Cheer Boo Hiss [EP]