I think it’s happened to all of us at one point or another. You’re on the bus/train/walk/drive/skip to work, school or whatever and reach for your phone to only realise that there is absolutely no music you even want to listen to. Old favourites are too overdone and anything new fails to keep your attention for more than 5 seconds. Wouldn’t it be great to find something new that’s enough of what you like but not just another recording of the same old shit. It’s a first world problem, but one we’ve all had.
Then a new release by a band you’ve been a fan of so long that you’ve forgotten they existed entirely drops and shit, it reawakens everything. My first Land of Talk record was 2008’s Some Are Lakes and was played endlessly in my rusty blue Ford Fiesta for an entire year as I drove to my 6th form college. I fell in love with their lo-fi energy and romanticised lyrical style. It resonated me with a guy who liked both punk and affection. The new single “This Time” is a natural evolution for the band and is especially poignant due to Elizabeth Powell’s difficult situation of her father having suffered a stroke. It’s a beautiful maturation of a record that will be released on the full-length LP Life After Youth which hits on May 19, via Saddle Creek.
Also here is a great live performance of Some Are Lakes because I love you all.