midlake oneAccording to Midlake themselves their new album is finished.  Now, I’m not sure if that means it’s in the can and mastered and just waiting to be released; or that they’re done mixing and it’s ready to be mastered; or that they’re done recording tracks and now they’re mixing.  With these guys from Denton, TX you never can tell.  It’s been since January of 2010 that their last album The Courage Of Others was released.  If you do the math(I know you can), then that puts us at around 3 1/2 years since they last put something out.  It was 2006 when they’d released their masterpiece The Trials of Van Occupanther, so that was almost 4 years between albums.  They like to take their time I guess.  Or they’re completely anal retentive in the studio.  Either way, I’m really excited about this new album.

The Trials of Van Occupanther made me a devoted fan, as did their first long player Bamnan and Slivercork.  Both weremidlake two filled with dark, folksy rock n’ roll.  A mixing of past and present.  Warm, 70s production in the vein of Gary Katz and Richard Dashut affairs, but also a eeriness in the songs that made it difficult to discern between a long forgotten past and a dystopian future filled with secret experiments and hidden agendas.  Where Bamnan was the dystopian future; somewhere between Blade Runner and 1984, Van Occupanther was a renaissance fair created in a Kurt Vonnegut-penned universe.  It was a unique blend of simplicity and technical prowess, all hidden under the guise of bizarre clothes, men in tights, and reminiscing about days when things were simple, and guys were named Roscoe.  When Midlake released The Courage Of Others in early 2010 I was extremely excited for their next album, until I heard it.  An extremely downbeat affair, I was disappointed to say the least.  Not that it was bad, but it was pretty much one mopey note throughout, with only a couple shifts in mood on the album.  Time has been kind to that record because it’s grown on me and it’s become a semi-staple for me.

I keep up on the bands I love, and I stalk Midlake like some creeper hanging around their living room window, trying to get a peek at what’s going on.  Well, last week the band announced on their Facebook page that their new album is finished, which brings me back to where I started this damn blog post.  What is their definition of “finished”?  Well, only time will tell.  Hopefully, they’re just waiting till their new T-shirts are finished at the printers then they’ll be announcing a release date.  We’ll see.  All I know is that I’ll be pre-ordering this thing.  Maybe the limited edition version will come with a lute and a personalized codpiece?  I can only hope.

Oh, one little thing…Midlake is on Bella Union, which is an awesome record label and name.  It was started by Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins.  Yeah, THAT Cocteau Twins.

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This is where I drop the spat and spittle, the sentimental fat and drivel... Music and such, and maybe a word or two about a word or two. Midwest point-of-view, without all that religion and gun stuff. Intellectually unintellectual. Elitist for the pizza and beer crowd. Grab a bean bag and lounge in the basment for a while, won't you?

8 comments

  1. Hmm .. worth investigation because: 1) you said so and you’re credible; 2) Denton (not the world’s most interesting place) and Cocteau Twins seem to be coming up a lot in my world lately; and 3) I need something new!

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  2. I loved Roscoe, but the rest washed over me a bit and I never bothered seeking out anything else. I have them boxed off mentally as ‘those Roscoe guys’.

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    1. Roscoe is hard to beat. It’s definitely the culmination of everything great about Midlake.

      Might I suggest checking out Bamnan and Slivercork? It’s decidedly weirder than Van Occupanther. Though, if you’re not in the mood for Midlake it’ll just sound whiney and a tad ridiculous. Fortunately for me, whiney and ridiculous are my bread and butter. Well, whiney is my bread and ridiculous is my butter.. maybe it’s the other way around.

      I really wanted to snag Van Occupanther on vinyl. The only place they released it on vinyl was the UK. They put a special edition on on RSD in the UK back in 2010.

      Anyways, yeah.

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      1. I do have the LP, I’ll definitely spin it again at your behest.

        I’d never seen the video to Roscoe before, so thanks for that – you can’t beat a bit of 19th Century agrarian labour, I say.

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  3. The new album minus Tim Smith is here and it’s pretty damn good. I don’t think I’ve ever heard an album by a band who just lost their lead singer that was this good. They actually sound like a rock band at times, one that could have opened for ELP back in the day. The rest of the time they’re Midlake with a bit more reverb.

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    1. You just made my day. Thanks. I was encouraged by “Antiphon”, but the second track is what made me excited for this record. Mine should be arriving in the mail soon.

      Btw, check back as I’m posting a interview with Tim Smith in a couple hours.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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