Midlake @ Belly Up 3/2
Denton, Texas five-man, pastoral quintet Midlake swung into Belly Up last night. If you’re not familiar with Midlake, the group was originally started by several University of North Texas students and jazz musicians. The versatile gang tailored their particularly soothing, folksy sound with the release of their 2004 album, Bamnan & Silvercork. They followed that successful debut with the much more critically acclaimed Trials of Van Occupanther.
The band took several years off before releasing The Courage of Others earlier this February. The album has been very well received thus far, with NPR calling it “one deep, dark, beautiful record. A gentle masterwork,” and Spin commenting on how its “new old-sounding songs gradually burrow into your consciousness.” The live rendition led fans to chants of “1894” and marvelling at the fisherman-esque atmosphere the band delivered in Solana Beach. Though Midlake’s Southern California stint is over after tonight’s performance at Los Angeles’ El Rey, I highly recommend checking out their album.
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