Able Island is the sophomore record by Language Arts – it’s dedicated to their home, Nova
Scotia, and is inspired by the mystique of the feral Sable Island.
Recorded across Canada in a myriad of locations (bedrooms, basements, hotels, clubs,
alleyways, cottages, etc.) it is DIY in its truest form. Produced by band members: Neil
MacIntosh and Kristen Cudmore, they collaborated with Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, The
Sadies) on the mix.
The making of Able Island began in Nova Scotia, in a cottage on the Northumberland Straight
and it continued as they made their way across Canada on their national tour. It features the
ambience of homemade microphones, wind blowing down the stove pipe during a Nor’Easter,
the crackling of the fireplace in the dead of winter, the voices of their audiences on the
national tour, and reverb chambers made of large soup pots that they later cooked too much
The songs are inspired by the sense of home and belonging. They touch on many deep
sentiments like family roots and the mystery of the sea; loneliness and depression; the
drifting between waking life and the fantasy of what life would be. A Sable Island carol.
Language Arts is:
Kristen Cudmore on vocals + guitars
Neil MacIntosh on drums
Joel Visentin on keys