I’ve talked about how much I love Midlake’s music before and it’s been quite a few years since their last release, The Courage of Others. Obviously the departure of Tim Smith in the middle of recording the new LP caused quite a few problems. But apparently Midlake has finished recording and they’ve released a sample of what we can expect.
I’m digging it. While I worry that Midlake will lose something now that Smith is no longer a contributor, Midlake is one of those bands that creates a new sound with each release while still threading each album with something uniquely themselves. Bamnan and Silvercork was very English Countryside/Beatles-ish with some songs almost reminiscent of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club. The Trials of Van Occupanther (my favorite release) felt rugged and pastoral. The Courage of Others had a very ancient, sylvan and almost primeval sound.
This latest release feels kind of psychedelic with hints of conflict. The echoed vocals and billowy guitar riffs are very acid rock. As I listen to this new tune, my mind’s eye conjures images of American soldiers slogging through the jungles of Vietnam. Or it’s possible I’ve seen Platoon one too many times. Either way, Midlake is and remains one of my favorite groups and I can’t wait for the November release of the new album.
As a little bonus, here’s Roscoe, which I felt was the best tune off the Trials of Van Occupanther album. How do you think they compare?