MOJO’S FAVOURITE PROGFOLKADELIC combo from Denton, Texas, Midlake release their excellent fourth album, Antiphon, on Monday. Meanwhile, they’re delighted to afford MOJO readers exclusive access to a full stream of the album a week in advance.
While the departure of singer and main songwriter Tim Smith during album sessions might have derailed a group with less profound resources, Midlake took the opportunity to explore new musical ground, with guitarist Eric Pulido at the mike. Intrigued by what MOJO magazine’s review describes as “the Stone Roses produced by David Axelrod”? Then tune in!
“On Antiphon we wanted to embrace the psychedelia style and nuance you might hear in bands from yesteryear while also being aware of music influences present now,” notes vocalist/guitarist Eric Pulido of Midlake’s new phase. “The result was less folk and more rock. Less nostalgic and more progressive. Now the sky’s the limit.”
Look out for The Provider, Midlake’s poignant adieu to Smith, and also for The Old And The Young, showcasing an unexpectedly bouncy side to the band.
“The chorus is catchy and has a lift, like we were releasing the dove!” Pulido enthuses. “I love many genres of music – from Abba to Zappa, and I wanted to write in a way that wasn’t putting parameters around what it is we were creating. It was a more honest representation of who we really are.”
And if your lust for more Midlake is merely whetted, then drink in the psychedelic video to Antiphon’s groovemungous title track, directed by Georgia Hudson.
Meanwhile, the group are booking UK shows for February next year…
Thursday 20 February – MANCHESTER – The Ritz Friday 21 February – WOLVERHAMPTON – Wulfrun Hall Saturday 22 February – GLASGOW – O2 ABC Sunday 23 February – DUBLIN – Vicar Street Tuesday 25 February – BRISTOL – Anson Rooms Wednesday 26 February – LONDON – O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire