Favorite track: Head Home. Jonathan Ronen-Drori. Pierre Mossler. Jens Dreiser. Caleb hovland. Brian Glenn. Andy Moe. Taiteilija Kaamos. Grant Blankenship. Justin O'Donnell. Daniel Phipps. Caleb Knorr. Boma Ye. Jeff Johnson. Chasing After Deer Mornings Will Be Kind Marion It Covers The Hillsides Alt. Version Paper Gown Bonus disc from Anniversary Edition: 1.
Midlake is an indie rock band from Denton, Texas around since the late s, with three unique and different studio albums to their name. It channels and celebrates some of the best acoustic rock moments of the s, California rock, folk-rock, bands like America, Pure Prairie League, and Neil Young especially the album 'After the Gold Rush' which carries a very similar vibe-more on that later.
This love of that era is blended with modern sensibilities, and while the band claims a Radiohead influence, I hear a softer, less jammy version of My Morning Jacket personally. The album is a mixed bag with a drop-dead excellent first half and a second half that doesn't come close to matching it. It starts very strong with the superb, totally accessible alt-country of 'Roscoe' featuring a bludgeoning bass line and nice piano fills in around the edges, with moody themes that conjure thoughts of secretive past days.
An incredible opening of fiddle music is sideswiped by this colorful drum shuffle that just interrupts it for a most unusual song feel, then the track swoons with more gorgeous melody and great storytelling, really impressive.
Several tracks are adorned with flute or keyboards to thicken the guitars. But as mentioned, side two cannot maintain the same level of quality. Alas, nothing else here comes close: A fuzzy guitar solo goes Lindsay Buckingham's way on the legitimately Mac-like "Head Home"; monotonous single "Young Bride" chases ramshackle dance beats and skittery violins through a haunted and hookless forest; and "Bandits" pairs anachronistic wit "Do you want to be overrun by bandits?
Throughout the album, the desperation for meaningful human contact glimpsed in the record's lonesome centerpiece "Van Occupanther" underpins images of mountaineers, stonecutters, and frozen pines.
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