I can't begin to express my gratitude to these guys for the gift that is John Grant - for pushing him, for picking him up, for bringing his music to life. Not only are the members of Midlake awesome musicians, they are also amazing goddamn people.
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Never been a huge fan of Midlake - I did like a few songs, but I rarely came back to their music. That might have just changed. I must say 'Antiphon' is their first record I truly enjoy from start to finish. I find it much more mature and refined than their earlier work. I like how they turned away a bit from folk to make something more in the vein of 70's progressive rock. The production of the album, as someone has already mentioned here before, is splendid, and I love the sound they've managed to achieve. I'm highly impressed with the drum work too - it really stands out and it was probably the first thing that got my attention after the first listen. 'Antiphon' may lack its Roscoe, but I believe that it's their strongest one as a whole. Definitely one of the best 5 albums I have heard this year.
Can't say I'm too impressed with the new album so far. Gonna give it a few more spins before I write it off completely or anything. The songwriting feels particularly weak. In my opinion Antiphon definitely falls behind of The Courage of Others which I've been re-discovering lately. In The Ground is an amazing song. Gonna listen to their debut for the first time in a long time tomorrow.
I was ready to write Antiphon off before I even heard it, but I gotta say I like it more than I thought I would. I'm in the "wasn't too crazy about The Courage of Others" camp, so I'm even more surprised that I like a Tim-less release as much as I do. And for those who miss Tim, there's this: http://harpband.com
Very underwhelming new album after the first listen. The emotion, the lyrics, the songwriting in general, is not there. I even think the instrumentation is not as good, blah rhythms and melodies. "This weight" is a prime example of a watered down song with absolutely no redeeming quality. Some songs are good, but damn I really hope Tim Smith records a new record soon.
I'm glad they bounce back to a warmer and wider sound arrangement. I liked Smith, but I have to admit - I don't miss him as much as I thought I would. "Antiphon" is the best I could expect to get. Incredible drumming btw
Tne new album is definitely better than the debut and The Courage of Others. As much as I liked Smith, I think his departure has helped more than it hurt (especially after how lackluster and samey the previous record sounded).
atomiclust: I have to disagree with you. I think whatever 'emotional gravitas' Tim Smith brought to Midlake was left behind whilst making The Courage of Others and replaced with a monotonous drone.
Van Occupanther is one of my favourite albums, Courage was a great disappointment. I can only really look forward to Antiphon's release. No sense in writing it off yet!