Language-Arts is the musical creation of classical guitarist and vocalist Kristen Cudmore and double bassist Michael Vaughan. Along with Karma Sohn (keys and vocals) and Gregor Phillips (drums and percussion), the band makes their way to Halifax---on their first cross-country tour---for the JazzFest (at the Seahorse Tavern. Fri Jul 18, with TFC). But they aren't coming empty-handed. They have made a limited edition tour EP for their friends and fans. "The EP is a four track release which makes up about 25 mins of music. It is to commemorate our first cross-Canada tour and is only available on this tour (100 copies have been made). It's a sampler of what's to come on our new album which is going to be recorded this fall. We're really excited about the new music and this EP is an example of the new changes we've made as a complete group," says Cudmore. The band play exciting, unique music, garnering them media attention and loyal fans, and earning them comparisons to Buck 65, Stereolab and Suzanne Vega. Cudmore's lyrics are engaging and her rap-style delivery is the perfect compliment to the pretty arrangements. "I am usually in the worst places when I come up with an idea, like on my bike or at work," says Cudmore. "I always try to hold on to ideas until I get home and find a pen and paper and my guitar just let it go." Their plans post-tour involve more song crafting, recording and releasing their much anticipated record. "We will be finalizing arrangements for our new songs and recording them starting late August. We will be releasing the album ourselves but haven't chosen a release date yet since it will depend on when we will be able to tour it. We want to take our time and make sure we do everything right." And what is it that makes it all worthwhile for the band? "I would say that the most amazing feeling is when people come up to us after to tell us that they really liked the music," says Cudmore. "Our music seems to go over really well which makes us feel great about what we're doing."