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Land of Talk, ‘Applause Cheer Boo Hiss’ (The Rebel Group)

Coming up through the same scene as other Québécois notables like the Stills, the Dears, and the Arcade Fire (some of whose members were onetime roommates of singer/guitarist Elizabeth Powell), Land of Talk offers more proof that Montreal endures as the epicenter of indie rock. On this superb seven-song mini LP, Powell’s chirpy but raw-edged voice and rolling guitar call to mind PJ Harvey’s finest moments, especially the hooky, high-romantic “All My Friends” and “Sea Foam.”

Now Hear This: Land of Talk – “Speak to Me Bones” DOWNLOAD MP3