Hear two new songs, "Acts of Man" and "Rulers Ruling All Things," here: http://www.myspace.com/midlake
Midlake's eagerly anticipated new album, 'The Courage of Others' (Feb. 2, Bella Union), has already begun earning rave reviews from the British press, with four star lead reviews in the new issues of Mojo and Q magazines. Two years in the making, 'The Courage of Others' is Midlake's first album since 2006's highly acclaimed breakthrough, "The Trials of Van Occupanther."
Mojo hails Midlake's music as "wistful and dreamy," its songs as "exquisitely constructed and intricately layered" and songwriter/frontman Tim Smith's vocals as "hypnotic."
"What their albums have in common, aside from musical literacy and often excellent songcraft, is the sense of an earlier time. Or more accurately, of being out of time." The review goes on to praise the record's "weird, hallucinatory quality," and applauds the original new direction the band has taken, one steeped in the British electric folk tradition of Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention.
Likewise, Uncut Magazine praises Midlake's "pristine harmonies" and "exquisitely forlorn compositions;" and Q says Midlake has taken "another great step forward," calling the album "brooding" and "quietly epic," adding "...these are towering songs and ageless ones, too."
Midlake kicked off their first tour since 2007 this week. Go here to see tour dates:
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