Cloak and Cypher is the third full-length release from Montreal trio Land of Talk, following 2008’s perhaps under-listened Some Are Lakes. For fans of a type of super-urgent, noisy rock that you could swear sounds regional to Montreal, lead single “Swift Coin” is just that. A ton of ramshackle guitar sturm and drang brings the life-or-death feeling that Elizabeth Powell’s characteristically sweet, sad vocals ride to the song’s finish. Listen to it at Stereogum
Cloak and Cypher features contributions from, members of Stars, Besnard Lakes, Arcade Fire, Wintersleep and Patric Watson. The album is out on Saddle Creek August 24.