I have a theory that the best thing to ever come out of Saskatoon is the four piece alternative indie band Close Talker. Coming off a recent short tour supporting Royal Canoe, their sophomore album Flux was released this past Tuesday on Nevado Records, and it is definitely worth a listen all the way through. This album shows a new maturity to the band, building on all the right aspects of their uniquely eerie, echoing sound and adding new complimentary elements for an overall clearer tone and defined style. In particular listen for some heavily reverbed guitar and the subtle but oh so important drawn out key tones.
The opening strains of Heads, the first track on the album, are the perfect introduction to Close Talker with its drawn out reverberating strains of synth punctuated by mid-level percussion. When the vocals start up they ease into the song, finding their place within the music and not taking all the attention. Close Talker’s lyrics are poetic and rhythmic, with a slightly fazed out and layered delivery. This song also has a highly artistic music video that is the perfect visual representation of this song.
Burnstick is another stand out on the album, especially noticeable for its varied and fluidly changing arrangements. The song has several sections that rise and fall using auxiliary percussion to separate them, featuring snare drum then cymbols at the forefront of different parts.
Blurring Days demonstrates the band’s ability to have a seriously chilled out song that is still very catchy. The refrain is the focal point of the track and the accompanying humming guitar lines make it totally head nod inducing.
Close Talker is coming through Kingston to play Clark Hall Pub on November 18th check them out while they’re on this side of the country.