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Life After Youth

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Life After Youth is the first Land of Talk album since 2010’s Cloak and Cipher. After taking a few months off after Cloak and Cipher’s touring cycle, frontwoman Elizabeth Powell got back to work on a followup. Instead, a series of mishaps - post-tour fatigue, a crashed hard drive with new demos, and her father’s stroke in 2013 - turned “a few months” into “a few years”.

While caring for her father, Elizabeth fell under the spell of classical, ambient, and Japanese tonkori music, whose meditative quality aided his recovery. Immersing herself in those sounds would change her entire approach to music making; she started writing songs without her trusty guitar, instead building tracks up from synth beds and programmed loops.

Life After Youth’s centerpiece track, “Inner Lover,” presents the most radical results of those experiments. It’s an audio Rorschach test of a song: key in on the incessant synth pulse underpinning Elizabeth’s pleading vocal (“take care of me!”) and the track assumes an ominous intensity. But when you surrender to the relaxed drum counter-rhythm and subliminal harmonies, “Inner Lover” projects a graceful serenity.

Even the songs built atop more traditional rock foundations exist in that liminal space between dreaming and waking life, confidence and doubt, raw feelings and soothing sounds. “Yes You Were” opens the record with a cold-start surge that’s overwhelming in its immediacy, with Elizabeth’s furiously strummed guitar jangle and wistful lyricism bearing all the adrenalized excitement and nervous energy of seeing old friends (or, in her case, fans) for the first time in ages. And as its title suggests, “Heartcore” is a collision of soft-focus sonics and emotional intensity, with Elizabeth’s crystalline vocals hovering above a taut, relentless backbeat and disorienting synth squiggles. Even the turn-a-new-leaf optimism of “This Time” is presented less as a triumphant comeback statement than a warm reassuring embrace—its beautifully dazed ‘n’ confused psych-pop swirl acts as a calming force as you hurtle toward life’s great unknown.

Fitting for a song about reconnecting with the world, “This Time” was the product of another fortuitous reunion—between Elizabeth and her old friend Sharon Van Etten, who lent her songwriting smarts and heavenly harmonies to that track, as well as “Heartcore” and the Fleetwood Mac-worthy “Loving.” And Van Etten is just one member of a veritable indie-rock dream team Elizabeth recruited to complete the album: the moonlit ballad “In Florida” was recorded by producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile) in his New Jersey studio, with Elizabeth backed by former Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and Roxy Music/Sparks bassist Sal Maida.

To paraphrase the late David Bowie, it’s been seven years, and Elizabeth’s brain hurt a lot. But she stands today as the patient-zero case study for Life After Youth’s therapeutic powers. These are the songs that got her through the tough times. And now, they can do the same for you.

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released May 19, 2017

2017 Saddle Creek

Recorded by Jace Lasek. Additional recording by John Agnello
Produced by Jace Lasek, John Agnello, Elizabeth Powell and Bucky Wheaton
"In Florida" recorded and produced by John Agnello
Mixed by John Agnello

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Track Name: Yes You Were
Yes you were, you were on my mind
Done a lot of distance, I can’t leave you behind
Made my way, understand me
Made it with my feeling, just as you love me

Seaside, we only celebrate these worldly complications
She said we’re only showing off for the younger generation
I know it’s safe in you X2

Yes you were, you were on my mind
Saving all my feelings, couldn’t spend them right
Gone away without endings
We become undone , somethings never stay
We become undone, somethings never change
Track Name: This Time
I don't wanna waste it

This Time

And see fate as the end of me

I don't want to waste it
My Life

And know it was in front of me

together we rock together we roll 

Fighting ourselves is taking its toll

Hear it on the cold wind of this town
I'm never going back that's a lonely road


i made it . it started .

i cant stop it - oh no !

I will wait for you to call me out

it's not a need nor a want living with its hands out 

Would’ve stayed there alone 

i cant know go back no more


i believe i don't know what you want

i believe i don't know what you want

i believe i don't know what you want

i believe i don't know



I don't wanna waste it

This Time

To see the fate that’s the end of me

I don't wanna waste it

my Life

To think it was in front of me

together we'd laugh, the memory low

Fighting ourselves, the phases would slow


cause i don't wanna waste it this time 

the body's still wasted 

the body's still wasted  



I don't wanna waste it this time

i dont wanna waste it.

my life.
Track Name: Loving
i've been meaning to forget you 
god knows just what that means
and if so i try to get through
even lonely in my dreams

now and then i like to get around 
now that you’re alone, don’t you live here
someone’s lies that just gets better 
there’s that

Touch it, but I feel it
It’s gonna get worse
Don’t say you live here
Don’t let it get cursed

I've been living like I'm locked out 
I can see the midnight skies
Sometimes love it would sustain you 
Only if you're on my side 

now and then i like to kid around
some might say i just don't let up 
life's not long why don't you live it
there's that song 

Touch it, but I feel it
It’s gonna get worse
Don’t say you live here
Don’t let it get cursed

Touch it, but I feel it
It’s gonna get worse
You know you don’t live here
Won’t let it get cursed
Track Name: What Was I Thinking?
yeah you’re with anyone

who won't remind weakness

now you’re with anyone

her handed-down feelings  

waited for my daughter

and loved her on weekends
yeah you’d say anything 

and what was i thinking ?
and what was i thinking ?

i don't taste any blood 

not without bleeding
I see that’s all it was
what was i thinking
waited for my daughter 

And loved her on weekends
I’ll get back all that was
but what was i thinking
what’s the worth battling

consider its meaning

we pass along this life 

with handed down feelings

fate is for my daughter
and fair is the reason

where’s the fair in this fight

and what was i thinking?

what was i thinking?

/ can’t take back all this time
Track Name: Spiritual Intimidation
god, as my witness and my friend 

how do you explain these solitary inclinations?

such as my freedom has no end 

life it slips by 

it rushes past

and then it's over



lean in, listen 

nooneinnocent 

hear lies nothing

no way that was the best of it



how you gonna live 

how you gonna live

how you gonna live  

if you cant love?



you come in here with a look in your eyes. i dont mind.

you warm me up with talk of old times 

and you don't know you have no idea what's gone on in this

sick, sick, sick imagination


Lean in. Listen 
No one, innocent

here lies nothing 

no way that was the best of it.
Track Name: Heartcore
the trick I've tried

is to stay inside this thicket

the trouble i find 

can't leave behind what's wicked

let's just say you do

you only got two 

and what’s eating 

the trouble is sometimes knowin’ which one you're feeding 

ooooooh

know which one you're feeding



in this heart of hearts

I'd open a life 
I don't know what
I don’t know about anyway

even though we 

would have been true 

heart of hearts

The skin I tried to stay inside has thickened
The trouble I find I leave behind is wicked
Just to pay your due, won’t get you through my ceiling
The trouble is some don’t know which one they’re fearing
Oooooh,
Now which one are you fearing

In my heart of hearts 

I'd open a life

I don't know I don’t know if I let you in

if you will ever be true
heart of hearts
Track Name: World Made
Was it something unsaid
 
it's getting cold out 

"WELL"  I'm nervous til I find your face 

anywhere I go 

Aim: it gets physical 

was it something Undid?

34 hours 

But I'll never fall out of faith

everywhere I go

aim: it gets physical 

Oh I'm in need , dependin

I will wait up til you call me out

I will warn anyone  out there 

Honestly you wanna find me


tell me what you need and I'll see you get by

I was wrong I hurt you 

Pick me pick me 

And I'll swear it will be right 

Lay it on 

I've Hurt you 


Tell me what you feel 

Cause I need to get by 

Was it something I said ?

I'd fade away the hours

Though I never fought allowed it 

Everywhere I go it's gets physical.

Was it something I did

It's getting cold out but I'll never fall out of faith 
Track Name: In Florida
In Florida, I imagined I discovered
A panther on my porch
singing sideways, close, and low
Making fun of, the way you love the moonlight
The way you love the fire
Don’t make right these works of god
We lie slowly
And watch tv

And though I care
And there love lies
Consider this good
Consider this right

In Florida, awoke and we were troubled
Afraid they were not there,
Don’t fade out, those lights so low
In Florida, our sentinel the panther
Fled what was not fair
Don’t make right these works of good
We lie slowly
And watch tv
Track Name: Macabre
slow down you move too fast 

never liked you working so hard

the devil's in heat (HEAT?)

and i 

both got your minds made up (sustain up)

way out along the path 

carry why i love it so hard

and now i want a reason why (REASON?)

way to cut us out



if it wasn't for this life 

i would leave it 

but oh I'd miss the sky and the sea

damage to my eyes i wont see it 

dont know what you're missing

and me 

dont know what you 

oh I'd miss the sky and the sea

damage to my eyes i wont see it 
dont know what you're missing (double)



(i try to say the words

leave it to the rumours at best 

I'm never gonna feel 

and i i wanna mind made up 
boooo-hooooo😩)

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