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.
Ugh. How often is it that you’re looking for a new earworm to guide you through the day and one lands in your lap? Probably more often for me because I run this little operation but man this has got to be one of the finest examples in recent times.
Bryde‘s new track “Wouldnt That Make You Feel Good?” has the somewhat strolling nature of Speedy Ortiz mixed with the quiet fury that Sharon Van Etten manages to capture effortlessly. Instead of scoring a stroll through the park, this track seems to soundtrack a drunken walk home alone when you’ve polished off all the beer available to numb yourself only to fail spectacularly. Bryde manages to capture that darkness we all internalise and live with consistently, most applicable in the crescendo towards the end when all the barely managed fury explodes into a cacophony of emotive attacks. This has got to be one of the best tracks of the year so far.
I want to go for a pint with Sharon Van Etten. Not only is her hauntingly soulful voice totally hypnotic but I imagine she’s got a class anecdote or two for me to be jealous of in my woefully inexperienced life. “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” is the title track off her upcoming EP slated for release June 9th on Jagwaguwar. Typically driven through nuanced guitars Van Etten’s voice manages to lull you into the sense of security that no matter how bad your life is, she understands and will probably share whatever misery you share with an equally poignant one of her own. It’s out for pre-order on iTunes now so get on with it mate.