Indistinct Conversations

Land of Talk - Indistinct Conversations
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #156 / 760
User Score
Based on 45 ratings
Liked by 1 person
July 31, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Saddle Creek / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Elizabeth Powell-fronted trio dream up beauty from trauma.
While Powell’s bruised vocals evoke early Cat Power, she does remarkable things with that sound.

Indistinct Conversations doesn't so much pare back as it does reveal depths: Powell's putting their inner life on display, and giving it the full range of space and volume it deserves.

These subtle but confident, sneakily catchy songs reaffirm that Land of Talk is as relevant to the singer/songwriter movement of the 2010s and 2020s as they were to the noisy indie rock scene of the 2000s when they first emerged.
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They’re a band who can literally ‘do it all’, but their bread and butter is a slow-burning intensity and emotional intimacy that reveals more of itself on repeat listens, and they deploy it brilliantly on Indistinct Conversations.

Built mainly from Powell’s knotty acoustic guitar explorations and lyrical musings that feel like fragments from an exceptionally perceptive diary, it’s the most satisfying Land of Talk album yet.
An under-appreciated product of the 2000s Canadian indie rock scene, the Elizabeth Powell-helmed Land of Talk have long existed in the shadow of other Broken Social Scene affiliates, but they’ve quietly amassed a very consistent discography even in the face of long gaps in output. Their 2017 “Life After Youth” was a very good comeback album, and recent follow up “Indistinct Conversations” reiterates that Land of Talk remain vital even well into their second decade. ... read more
Indistinct Conversations is one of those albums which is a really pleasant listen and I enjoy whilst listening an has some great moments such as Compelled but I am worried whether it will grow on me or will slowly drift away from my memory

Track Review

Diaphanous 6.5/10
Look to You (Intro) 6/10
Look to You 7/10
Weight of That Weekend 7/10
Love in 2 Stages 6.5/10
Compelled 8/10
Footnotes 7.5/10.
A/B Futures 7/10
Festivals 6.5/10
Now You Want to Live in the Light 6/10
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I feel like I listened to this album like 10 times throughout the year even though I listened to it for the first time three days ago. That's a really crafty way to say that it sounds generic and derivative. Instrumentals are nice though.
Low-key emotional intensity abounds in Elizabeth Powell’s stark, sketch-like reveries, and the new album’s few-frills production exposes just how gut-wrenching their songwriting can be.

Tucked away almost halfway through Land of Talk’s fourth album, Indistinct Conversations, is a question that’s also a revelation. Many songwriters try to grab listeners right away; Elizabeth Powell, the long-running Canadian band’s sole constant member, goes for the ... read more
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Track List

  1. Diaphanous
  2. Look to You (Intro)
  3. Look to You
  4. Weight of That Weekend
  5. Love in 2 Stages
  6. Compelled
  7. Footnotes
  8. A/B Futures
  9. Festivals
  10. Now You Want to Live in the Light
  11. Indistinct Conversations
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Added on: February 25, 2020