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Cloak and Cipher

Author: Michael D. Ayers
07/06/2010 | Spinner.com | www.spinner.com | Feature
With their second album, 'Cloak and Cipher,' due Aug. 24, Canadian indie-pop trio Land of Talk have announced a five-week fall tour, starting Sept. 16 at Lee's Palace in Toronto. Along with numerous headlining dates, they'll also join Canadian psych-rockers the Besnard Lakes for seven dates on the West Coast.

'Cloak and Cipher' promises to be the trio's highest profile release to date, after 2008's 'Some are Lakes' and a string of EPs over the last four years. For the album, vocalist/songwriter Elizabeth Powell has settled down with Eoin O Laoghaire on bass and Andrew Barr on drums, but they've also managed to wrangle a few Canadians to help them with the cause. The Besnard Lakes' Jace Lasek takes on production duties, Patrick Watson handles piano on the song 'The Hate I Won't Commit' and Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara lends some rhythmic help on 'Quarry Hymns.'

Also of note is the inspiration behind 'Cloak and Cipher.' The songs emerged from a rather weird place Powell found herself in: After she was forced to cancel a tour in 2009 due to a hemorrhaged vocal polyp, she wrote the record in a rather solitary state, utilizing Garageband on the initial takes. Here's hoping this time around those vocal chords get a hefty dose of herbal teas. Check out the tour dates below.

Sept. 16: Lee's Palace -- Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 19: Beachland Ballroom -- Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 21: Lincoln Hall -- Chicago
Sept. 22: First Avenue, 7th Street Entry -- Minneapolis, Minn.
Sept. 23: Slowdown Front Room – Omaha, Neb.
Sept. 25: Larimer Lounge -- Denver, Colo.
Sept. 26: Kilby Court -- Salt Lake City, Utah
Sept. 29: Starlite Room -- Edmonton, Alberta
Sept. 30: Dicken's Pub -- Calgary, Alberta
Oct. 2: Lucky Bar -- Victoria, BC
Oct. 3: Biltmore Cabaret -- Vancouver, BC
Oct. 4: Crocodile Café -- Seattle (with the Besnard Lakes)
Oct. 5: Mississippi Studios -- Portland, Ore. (with the Besnard Lakes)
Oct. 7: The Independent -- San Francisco (with the Besnard Lakes)
Oct. 8: Echo Plex -- Los Angeles (with the Besnard Lakes)
Oct. 9: Detroit Bar -- Costa Mesa, Calif. (with the Besnard Lakes)
Oct. 10: Casbah -- San Diego (with the Besnard Lakes)
Oct. 12: The Rhythm Room -- Phoenix
Oct. 15: The Parish -- Austin
Oct. 16: The Nightmare -- Dallas
Nov. 2: Space Gallery -- Portland, Me.
Nov. 3: TT the Bears -- Cambridge, Mass.
Nov. 5: Johnny Brenda's -- Philadelphia
Nov. 6: Bowery Ballroom -- New York City
Nov. 7: Rock and Roll Hotel -- Washington, D.C.


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