Midlake — Antiphon (Nov. 4, 2013)

USA FLAG        Midlake — Antiphon (Nov. 4, 2013) Midlake — Antiphon (Nov. 4, 2013)♦ℜ♥   Může to být jen to nejlepší, co kdy udělali ... Harmonicky vyladěný indie kvintet ze severního Texasu s vlivy psychedelického popu a soft rocku.
Location: Houston, North Texas
Album release: November 4, 2013
Recording Location: Denton, TX
Record Label: ATO (US)/Bella Union (EU)
Duration:     43:35
01. Antiphon   3:16
02. Provider   3:48
03. The Old and the Young   5:36
04. It’s Going Down   3:17
05. Vale   4:31
06. Aurora Gon   4:37
07. Ages   4:39
08. This Weight   3:33
09. Corruption   5:17
10. Provider (Reprise)   5:01
Paul Alexander   Engineer, Group Member, Producer
Fiona Brice   Violin
Jesse Chandler   Group Member
Dave Cooley   Mastering
Rob Gungor   Design, Layout
Tony Hoffer   Mixing
Joey McClellan   Group Member
Midlake   Composer, Engineer, Lyricist, Producer
Eric Nichelson   Group Member
Eric Pulido   Design, Group Member, Layout
McKenzie Smith   Group Member Midlake — Antiphon (Nov. 4, 2013)
Maddy Costa ⌊ Thu 31 Oct 2013 21.45 GMT ⌋ Score: ★★★★
♦ℜ♥   There is an instability at the heart of Midlake’s new album, a roiling, shifting quality that deftly conveys the circumstance of its making. The Texans were working on other songs entirely when founding frontman Tim Smith decided to leave the band; guitarist Eric Pulido has taken over as singer~songwriter, and though neither his voice nor his lyrics are distinctive, that blandness proves a blessing. Whereas Smith made Midlake’s last album, 2010’s The Courage of Others, turgid with anxiety and a desire for isolation, Pulido gives each musician space to breathe, search and stretch. On second song Provider, they sound tentative and stiff in their movements, but by the time they reach Provider Reprise at the close of the album they have softened and unwound. Vale has the scudding motion of clouds, its alternations of driving riffs and soft flute creating blocks of shadow then light. Corruption floats and falls, until a solid structure emerges to pin the instruments together. Paul Alexander’s detailed bass and McKenzie Smith’s pattering drums bring definition and muscularity: The Old and the Young and the title track are bolder for it.
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Also: Picture: Midlake (US) @ Harpa Silfurberg, Saturday 2013, Iceland Airwaves. © Alexander Matukhno
Picture: Midlake (US) @ Harpa Silfurberg, Saturday 2013, Iceland Airwaves. © Alexander Matukhno
Judson Valdez: https://littledtxblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/midlake-at-sxsw/

Gemma Hampson ⌊ 06 · 11 · 2013 ⌋ Score: 9/10
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♦ℜ♥   Midlake return with their new studio album ‘Antiphon’. This growth is down to the ambition and ability of Pulido (vocals, guitars, keyboards) Paul Alexander (bass, keyboards, bassoon, guitars, backing vocals), McKenzie Smith (drums, percussion) and Eric Nichelson (guitars, autoharp), plus Jesse Chandler (keyboards, piano, flute, backing vocals) and Joey McClellan (guitars, backing vocals) from Midlake’s last live incarnation. But it’s also down to the absence of Midlake’s former principal singer Tim Smith, who left the band in November 2012.