Close Talker
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Close Talker

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE | AFM

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Alternative Rock





"Afterthought" captures the Saskatoon trio at the height of its intimate, persuasive power, but that song's pleasures radiate across Close Talker's second album Lens: in the warm, subtle shimmer of Matthew Kopperud's guitars and synths; in Quiring's voice, which at times mirrors the seductive purr of Rhye's Mike Milosh; and in an overarching subtlety that's inviting, never distant.

Lens most frequently focuses on love and connection frustrated by the walls people place around themselves, whether Quiring reflects on forbidden romance (the churning "All Of Us"), slyly punctures pretensions ("Okay Hollywood") or looks back on an inherently fleeting relationship (the six-minute album-ender "Seasonal Friends"). Close Talker's members are clearly fascinated with the way people push each other away, but their music never stops inviting you further and further in. - NPR - Steven Thompson


This is a band that's built its stellar new single, "Afterthought," around giving you space. It's expansive. And as a result, it's an invitation to lean right in. - NPR - Talia Schlanger


Like Rhye’s music before it, the band’s songs are sexy, oddly unsettling and irresistible. - NPR - Bob Boilen


HOW DO WE STAY HERE?, Close Talker's new and unreleased record was produced by Close Talker and mixed by Rob Morrison. It is set to be released August 30, 2019. 

LENS , Close Talker's second album was recorded and produced by Close Talker alongside Matt Peters (Royal Canoe, Waking Eyes). It was mixed by Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire, The National, Local Natives) and it was released April 21, 2017 via Nevado Records. 

FLUX , Close Talker's Sophmore album, was released November 4, 2014 in North America and is now available worldwide through Nevado Records. Recorded at Breakglass studio in Montreal Canada. Produced by Jace Lasek and Close Talker



Close Talker is the exalted indie rock trio from Saskatoon, Canada. Formed in 2012, the band has made great strides in a short period of time: two releases, numerous tours throughout North America, Europe, and the UK, and international attention from revered and critically acclaimed blogs and publications. Close Talker is a band born and raised in the Canadian prairies, made up of childhood friends Will Quiring, Matthew Kopperud, and Christopher Morien. Since becoming a trio in the summer of 2015, the band has now honed their craft, creating a more vast and iconic sound that is turning heads and drawing crowds around the world. 

Close Talker released their sophomore record Lens in April 21, 2017. The 10 song LP showcases the band’s maturity and poise, while entering new realms of pop sensibility. Produced by Matt Peters (Royal Canoe, Waking Eyes) and mixed by Marcus Paquin (The National, Arcade Fire, Local Natives), Lens unleashes musical talent and precision without sacrificing the raw energy, homegrown feel, and vulnerability of the band’s acclaimed live show. The more subtle track ‘Afterthought’ received high praise and regular rotation on NPR’s World Cafe, stating the song is “as intimate as it is earnest... it's expansive and as a result, an invitation to lean right in.” While Lens remains an energetic and urgent blend of rhythmically driven grooves and spacious indie rock, the band continues to evolve as one of Canada’s most innovative and, according to Q Magazine, most exciting exports. 

Over the course of the band's existence, Close Talker has constantly refined their approach to music, composition, and poetry, focusing more on content that pries while still remaining accessible. Writing and recording Lens during the harsh desolate prairie winter lead the band to new depths of creativity while still trusting instincts and simplicity. Lens is to be experienced in a linear, introspective light, as the lyrics illustrate the sober bias (lens) towards one's social life. Loaded with heavy drums, thick keys, and always-special guitars, rivalled only by sincere vocals, the band has now entered a state that forges an earnest expression from every vantage point. For Close Talker, Lens marks a new chapter: creating music more authentic than ever before.

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