Land of Talk's Liz Powell Says Goodbye to Her 'Teenage Mindset' -- NXNE
Liz Powell is more than just the creative genius behind Montreal rockers Land of Talk. The vocalist-guitarist seems to have become the glue that keeps the Canadian music scene together. If prompted, Powell can name-drop most of Canada's indie rock elite (Why yes, Arcade Fire stopped by to play on Land Of Talk's latest album, 'Cloak and Cipher'; Sure, she'll fill in as a singer for Broken Social Scene the next time they need her; And yes, she just took up singing with Polaris Prize winners Karkwa and will likely see them at a BBQ or two this summer).
A workaholic, Powell learned the hard way from her vocal chord ailment in 2009 she needs to slow down once and a while. On the phone via Montreal before Land of Talk's June 17 NXNE performance at Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square, Powell tells Spinner she's going through a transition. This period is for rest, gaining perspective and finally, perhaps, embracing adulthood.
It's been a few months since you finished touring last summer's critically acclaimed 'Cloak and Cipher.' Now what?
I'm actually on a hiatus. I'm going to hunker down in Montreal, maybe write some songs, and see what it feels like to be a human being in the same geographic spot for more than a couple months. It started at the beginning of Land of Talk and went full-on for four years. This has been a long time coming, a natural break, pause.
But you'll continue to write new songs?
Yeah, I can't help that, it just comes out of me. I've written a couple of dub songs, hip-hop song and a bluegrass one. But I'm not trying to put my energy towards anything specific. I'm trying to not try, if that makes any sense. At