Saskatoon indie rock outfit Close Talker return with their sophomore effort Flux next month, but you can preview the entire album right here on Exclaim.ca before it hits shelves.
Taking their name from a particularly memorable Seinfeld episode, the quartet spent a good chunk of the year on the road and are now ready to follow up their 2013 debut Timbers.
Flux was recorded at Montreal's Breakglass Studios with Besnard Lakes frontman and Canadian indie super-producer Jace Lasek. "Jace was kind enough to let us stay at the studio, use the kitchen, sleep on the couches and work on things after hours," said bass player Jeremy Olson in a statement about the recording experience. "This was pretty crucial, as it let us come up with sounds and ideas for things that had been sort of missing from a few of the songs. He knew how to achieve sounds that we only had in our heads, helped us with ideas and vision if we got stuck."
The encouraging creative support resulted in 11 brand new tracks that range from shiny, peppy numbers like lead single "Burnstick" and "For the Sun" to slower, more atmospheric pieces like "Great Unknown" and album closer "Slow Weather."
The band will be taking the new tunes on the road this fall, with a full list of dates available below. Scroll past the upcoming gigs for your first listen to Close Talker's new LP Flux before it officially arrives on November 4 via Nevado Records.
10/25 Saskatoon, SK – Prairieland Park
11/12 New York, NY – Piano's
11/13 Brooklyn, NY – Spikehill
11/14 Toronto, ON – The Garrison
11/17 Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
11/18 Kingston, ON – Clark Hall Queens University
11/19 Ottawa, ON* – Mavericks
11/20 Neuville, QC – La Source
11/21 Montreal, QC – O Patro Vys (M For Montreal)
11/25 Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Café
11/26 San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah
11/29 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
11/30 Portland, OR – White Eagle
12/01 Seattle, WA – Rendezvous
12/02 Victoria, BC – TBA
12/03 Kelowna, BC – Habitat
12/05 Calgary, AB – The Palomino Smokehouse
12/06 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite
12/11 Regina, SK – The Exchange
12/12 Saskatoon, SK – Capitol Music Club
* with High Ends