:: It’s a joy to listen to this record from first moment to the very last. Again and again and again….
Just a couple of days left to bear till the new Midlake album finally hits the shelves: Antiphon is released in the UK and Europe on November 04, 2013 via Bella Union. North American release follows on November 05 via ATO Records. The band wrote, recorded and produced the record in just about six months time after former frontman Tim Smith had left the band in November 2012. Midlake scrapped all material written with Smith before and started fresh, a brave and wise decision. The only song based on an older demo is Vale which had been demoed in a band session without Smith before he departed.
Midlake’s members had to step into new roles and collaborate in ways they had not before when the band was led by Smith, guitarist took over as frontman and with Jesse Chandler and Joey McClellan, two new members joined in. With Antiphon, Midlake put forward their first record as a new and reinvented band, although it is already their fourth LP in whole. The nine new cuts ( and Vale) take a shift away from the folky dimension of rock that had shaped the predecessor, 2010’s The Courage Of Others. Antiphon opens up towards psychedelia inspired by the 60’s and 70’s, is a more of a rock album but still Midlake-y in sound. Surely the changes of this past year haven’t been the easiest transition for any of the band. But still, Pulido thinks Antiphon to have become “the most honest representation of the band as a whole, as opposed to one person’s vision that we were trying to facilitate.” [press release]
Antiphon is now streaming in its entirety at NPR.org. Head over and give it a listen, it’s absolutely great! The album is released as digital download (mp3 + flac), CD and LP. In North America, you can order your copy in all versions via ATO’s Webstore. In Europe, you can buy physically via Bella Union’s Webstore and digitally via ATO or iTunes.
A week ago, the band released a music video for the album’s lead single and title track Antiphon. Watch the Georgia Hudson directed clip above and listen to the fantastic second single Provider below. Midlake are currently on the road in Europe with three more shows to follow in Berlin, Brussels and Reykjavík before they head on to North America for a string of 24 shows in November and December. Spring will bring them back to Europe for another 19 concerts, check out the entire touring schedule below.c
03. The Old and the Young
04. It’s Going Down
06. Aurora Gone
08. This Weight
10. Provider Reprise
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Wed 30 Oct 2013 // Berlin, Germany // Lido
Thu 31 Oct 2013 // Brussels, Belgium // Botanique – Rotonde
Sat 02 Nov 2013 // Reykjavík, Iceland // Airwaves
Tue 05 Nov 2013 // Allston, MA, USA // Brighton Music Hall
Wed 06 Nov 2013 // New York, NY, USA // Mercury Lounge
Sat 09 Nov 2013 // Washington, DC, USA // Rock And Roll Hotel
>> The full touring schedule is available here.
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More ‘Midlake’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Sep 27 − New Single: Provider
2013, Aug 12 − New Song: Antiphon [Free Download] / Upcoming Tour Dates
2011, Dec 31 − Acts of Man
2011, Sep 14 − Roscoe