Land Of Talk – This Time

Land of Talk, the Montreal-based band led by Elizabeth Powell, release their first new album in seven years, Life After Youth, on May 19 via Saddle Creek.

Produced and mixed by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth) and Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes), and featuring Sharon Van Etten, Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Sal Maida (Roxy Music/Sparks), and The Besnard Lakes, the album is a collection of songs that sees Powell in the finest voice of her career, and reuniting with original Land of Talk drummer Bucky Wheaton.

Following on from the stirring, previously-shared Inner Lover, Land of Talk return this week with the second single from their forthcoming new album, This Time, featuring Sharon Van Etten.

The song that served as the spark for the Montreal-based band’s first LP since 2010’s Cloak and Cipher, the song hears Powell rediscovering her musical muse: “I just wanted to repeat those lyrics over and over again, because that’s all I really had to say. At that point, music became a self-help thing, a coping mechanism—because music is how I understand myself and the world.”

Life After Youth
is out May 19 on Saddle Creek. Pre-order here.

The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions

The New Pornographers are premiering the title track of their forthcoming full-length record Whiteout Conditions today.

The album is due April 7 and is the first release on the band’s own Collected Works Records imprint in partnership with Concord Records.

Of writing the new record, founder and frontman A.C. Newman notes that, “At the beginning of this record, there was some thinking that we wanted it to be like a Krautrock Fifth Dimension. Of course, our mutated idea of what Krautrock is probably doesn’t sound like Krautrock at all. But we were thinking: Let’s try and rock in a different way.”

Whiteout Conditions follows the previously-shared lead single, High Ticket Attractions, and second single This Is the World of the Theater, which featured Neko Case on lead vocals.

Whiteout Conditions is out April 7 on Collected Works Records. Pre-order here.

WAVVES – Animal

Following the recent announcement of their new album You’re Welcome, Wavves are back today to share a new single. Animal, which debuted last night on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, starts in a measured cadence before escalating into a familiarly frantic pace.

The announcement for You’re Welcome comes in the wake of Wavves’ publicly strained relationship with Warner Bros Records boiling over around the release of their previous album V. Consequently, the band have decided to return to their DIY roots with You’re Welcome, putting the album out through their Ghost Ramp imprint.

You’re Welcome will be released on May 19 via Wavves’ own Ghost Ramp label. Pre-order here.

Future Islands – Cave

Future Islands release their forthcoming new full-length record The Far Field on April 7 via 4AD.

Following on from the previously-shared lead single Ran, Future Islands have shared the lyric video for new song, Cave.

The Far Field, the groups follow-up to 2014’s Singles, was written by Samuel T. Herring (vocals, lyrics), William Cashion (bass, guitars) and Gerrit Whelmers (keyboards, programming).

The band began writing new material in January 2016 on the coast of North Carolina, and continued throughout the year in Baltimore before road-testing these songs at a series of secret shows under fake names. Later that year, they travelled to Los Angeles to record with John Congleton at the legendary Sunset Sound. With string and horn arrangements by Patrick McMinn, The Far Field is the first Future Islands record to feature live drums by Michael Lowry, who joined the band prior to their performance of Seasons (Waiting On You) on David Letterman’s late night TV show. Blondie’s Debbie Harry also makes a guest appearance, in a duet with Herring on Shadows.