Close Talker Announce New Record "The Sprawl"

Close Talker announces "The Sprawl" out March 22, 2024,
with the release of their new single "Exodus" out Nov 2.

Words about Close Talker
“Really thoughtful and hypnotic. I really recommend listening to [the album] in its entirety” - NPR
“The band's songs are sexy, oddly unsettling and irresistible.” - NPR
"Close Talker pair their rigid yet sanguine melodies with achingly euphoric lyricism" - Spin Magazine
"Between their easy-going, indie sound, their heartfelt lyrics and their seamless musicianship, Close Talker’s songs emit a certain type of uninhibited expression" - American Songwriter
"This record is filled with the kind of gems that you go back to time and time again — the kind that get under your skin.” - Wild Honey Pie

"Exodus" out now

Link to stream

On the track, Close Talker shares,
"For years the band sat firmly on the front burner taking precedence over nearly everything. We chased opportunities, often spreading ourselves thin, while not taking time to recognize collateral damage. The ambition started to wear on us, but it seemed like the only way to move forward. 'Exodus' is us finally realizing we weren't content. It's us becoming aware of a weakness and trying to confront it head on. Discovering how you want to grow is never bad, but rarely painless. And this song, and this record, is us altering the foundation of the band without giving up on it."

Close Talker is an indie rock band from Saskatoon, Canada. The band has toured throughout North America and Europe, and has gained the attention and praise of notable publications such as NPR, Billboard, Clash, Spin, Q Magazine, and Consequence of Sound. The band works tirelessly on evolving every aspect of their craft, which led to their strongest and most confident album to date: ‘How Do We Stay Here?’. NPR Music called the record “really thoughtful and hypnotic”, adding it to the Top New Albums on All Songs Considered. ‘HDWSH’ was streamed over 3 million times with official Spotify adds to New Music Friday, Indie All Stars, Off Pop, Folk & Friends, and more. At radio, Close Talker was added to SiriusXM ‘The Verge’, CBC ‘Q’ and ‘After Dark’. After a successful campaign, they wrapped up their 2019 tour with a stunning performance at Saskatoon’s Broadway Theater accompanied by a classical string ensemble, one of their longtime goals as a band. ‘How Do We Stay Here’ was beautifully wrapped when Close Talker was awarded Alternative Artist of the Year at the 2020 Saskatchewan Music Awards.

After now a decade of performing and writing together, Close Talker has been an integral aspect to the individual lives of Will, Matthew, and Chris. The project that started as a passion for three friends in 2012 has become formative to their identities. It’s applying the nurture vs. nature argument to now-thirty year olds from the Canadian prairies, a place where change happens slowly and nostalgia holds strong. These are the core themes they dig into in their upcoming release: ‘The Sprawl’.

‘The Sprawl’ accounts for the years 2013-2019 in Close Talker: six years of full-on writing, recording, touring, rinse, wash, repeat. Those years included incredible highlights and successes, in exchange for burnout and time away from home. Ultimately this period ended with Close Talker needing a break, coaxed by the pandemic into an indefinite hiatus. Taking this break allowed the band to explore other avenues in music. Will dove deep into writing and production and began scoring music for films. Chris built Slow Weather Music, a record label with an expanding roster of new Canadian artists. And eventually, three years later, Close Talker found themselves reminiscing on all the fond memories from ‘The Sprawl’ with the ones causing burn out starting to fade. Memories brought inspiration, and inspiration brought Close Talker back into the studio. They have produced an album that brings together all they have learned over their career; earworm melodies, intricate drums, soaring guitars, and prairie charm.

Spring 2024 Tour Dates

April 18 - Nanaimo - Queens
April 19 - Victoria - Lucky
April 20 - Vancouver - Cobalt
April 25 - Calgary - Festival Hall
April 26 - Red Deer - Bo's Bar
April 27 - Edmonton - Aviary
April 29 - Ottawa - Club SAW
April 30 - Toronto - Baby G
May 1 - Winnipeg - Goodwill
May 2 - Regina - Artesian
May 3 - Saskatoon - The Capitol

all dates with POSTDATA

Press Photo (Nicole Plett)