Sunday, January 11th, 2009
Land Of Talk covers Wintersleep
One Little IndianSometimes it doesn’t pay to be early to the party. For example, those of us who emigrated early to the Land Of Talk via the initial self-release of Applause Cheer Boo Hiss were left waiting a good, long time for a follow up as it was re-released and promoted in the US and Europe.
But there was a quite worthy stop-gap release in the first part of last year from European label One Little Indian in the form of the Europe/tour-only L’aventure Acoustique, which recast all of Applause Cheer and a couple songs that would appear on Some Are Lakes in acoustic – and sometimes revelatory – form. The final track, however was this cover of Halifax’s Wintersleep, a band I’ve never especially cared for but was forced to reconsider after hearing Land Of Talk’s beautiful rendition of their “Weighty Ghost” (though it’s listed on the album as just “Ghost”). And while they still don’t do much for me, I will admit it’s a good song.
This week, Land Of Talk are making up a small portion of the tour they cancelled last Fall on account of bandleader Liz Powell losing her voice. As she blogged at the end of last year, the issues with her voice aren’t fully resolved and following this short jaunt which includes a date at the Horseshoe on Thursday, she’s getting surgery done and will be spending a while after that recuperating. So catch them while you can.
MP3: Land Of Talk – “Weighty Ghost”
Video: Wintersleep – “Winter Ghost”