Talk Like Blood
Oct 11, 2005

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Having received accolades from Magnet, Copper Press, Pitchfork, San Francisco Bay Guardian and many others, 31Knots released Talk Like Blood (its third full-length and first for Polyvinyl) in 2005.

Talk Like Blood heralds the advent of a new 31Knots. After releasing a string of critically acclaimed albums on Michigan-based label 54°40' or Fight!, 31Knots follows-up The Curse of the Longest Day EP with a challenging album that quickly distinguishes itself from the outset and excels with repeated listens.

Recorded by Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof) and Scott Solter (Spoon, Okkervil River).


  • 1
    City of Dust (3:39)
  • 2
    Hearsay (3:59)
  • 3
    Thousand Wars (1:38)
  • 4
    Intuition Imperfected (3:27)
  • 5
    Chain Reaction (6:05)
  • 6
    Untitled (2:07)
  • 7
    A Void Employs A Kiss (3:18)
  • 8
    Proxy and Dominion (2:14)
  • 9
    Talk Like Blood (4:13)
  • 10
    Busy is Bold (3:58)
  • 11
    Impromptu Disproving (3:26)


31Knots know their Yes, and they know how to make Fugazi and Slint sound exactly like Yes. This is John Anderson fronting Modest Mouse, and it works so well that 31Knots will be the flagship band when the term 'prog pop' enters our lexicon.


In terms of technical proficiency alone, this band is one of the best I've heard.

Delusions of Adequacy

Joe Haege of 31Knots has tapped into his soul in this production, and the result is an album full of mystery, suspense and beauty.


[P]eople will be talking about this record years from now, and I suggest you get in as close to the bottom floor as you can.

The New Scheme

Talk Like Blood is a stunning album that only gets better and better with each listen.

Indie Workshop

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