KEXP Suggests – Midlake!

Midlake at The Hanbury Ballroom, Brighton-Great Escape Festival 2006
Photo courtesy of clagnut

“Hailing from Denton, TX., Midlake have recorded one of the most British-sounding albums in recent memory: a perfect record of late-summer-Sunday-afternoon psych-pop combining the static blippiness of early Depeche Mode, the faux-childlike obliquity of Syd Barrett, and the feeling tone of Nick Drake. Added together, these elements form one of the stronger cases for psychedelia’s resurgence since the Elephant 6 bands began to dry up. Unlike other groups mining this particular vein, Midlake eschews the ostentatious silliness and straightforward lyric-writing of the Decembrists or XTC, as well as the Cinemascope lunacy of the Flaming Lips, opting instead for intimate scale and bedroom melancholy. It’s a tradition worth upholding-and rarely is it upheld so pleasantly.” – Phillip Christman, Paste

Listen to samples from the new record, The Trials of Van Occupanther at their website and download a few songs from their 2004 debut, Bamnan and Silvercork

Balloon Maker – (MP3)
Kingfish Pies – (MP3)
Some of Them Were Superstitious – (MP3)

Midlake is part of this year’s killer Lollapalooza lineup… Check them out in Chicago on August 4 with Wilco, The Raconteurs, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Gnarls Barkley, Sonic Youth, Violent Femmes, Sleater-Kinney, Thievery Corporation, Broken Social Scene, Built To Spill, Lyrics Born, Lady Sovereign, Calexico, The Hold Steady, The Go! Team, Mates of State, Wolfmother, Sound Team, Hot Chip, Cold War Kids, Be Your Own Pet, AND MORE!

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  1. Posted June 27, 2006 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    glad to see you guys like this record. probably my album of the year so far.

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