As autumn approaches and the air starts to chill, instead of looking for a blanket, fire, or coat I turn instead to coffee and my fall playlist. Likely due to the cold weather my fall list includes an array of Canadian bands that seem to provide me with songs to suit the breezy outdoors. Among the classics like Broken Social Scene, Metric, and Arcade Fire also nestles another Canadian go-to: Land of Talk. Especially fond of their 2010 album Cloak and Cipher for having a bolder, stronger, and more complex sound, it hits all the right notes with a perfect blend of catchy, luring tunes great for walks in the cold.
Although this album has some great ballads, one of my favourites would have to be Hamburg, Noon. A more fast-paced, poppy song, the chorus is inviting and great for turning off the outside world. Powell’s vocals are captivating, and certainly worth a listen. With quick, witty lyrics, its hard not to enjoy the song for its musical gusto, clever lines, and booming melody. Feel like some Canadian Indie-Power-Pop-Rock? Then you’ve GOT to hear this.