Midlake’s fourth album provide hope that the Texans have moved out of the atonal dark ages

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Midlake - 'Antiphon'

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Midlake – ‘Antiphon’

The opening songs of Midlake’s fourth album provide hope that the Texans have moved out of the atonal dark ages they plundered on 2010’s interminable ‘The Courage Of Others’ and into the modern day – or at least the 1960s, as evinced by the title track’s gauche psychedelic organs and the swaggering bass of ‘The Old And The Young’. But they swiftly slump back into portentous jams made for mourning failed crops, made worse by the ye olde farmhand Yoda-isms of Eric Pulido, now the band’s singer following the departure of Tim Smith last year. “I don’t love anyone but me/I will go no further” and “Many before me saw the peril/ I ignored the error of my way”, he yawns, sounding as lifeless as his poor dead cornfields.

LAURA SNAPES

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Record label:Bella Union
Release date:04 Nov, 2013