Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Midlake - 'The Trials of Van Occuphanter'
"Every once in a while, a band comes along that undoubtedly evokes something special. You don't know what the elusive ingredient is, but you are certain that they belong set apart from amongst the crowd of musical peers in which they lay. You quickly find yourself coming to the foregone conclusion that such a band's music is to be revered and will remain relevant for some time to come. Midlake not only embodies this idealism in the hearts of many already, but with 'The Trials of Van Occupanther', they are making it a reality." (part of band's bio)
UNCUT Music Magazine - By Simon Goddard "Recorded at home in Denton, Texas, mixed at Abbey Road in London (by label patron/ex-Cocteau Simon Raymonde) and adored in France (where its been available two months ahead of the rest of the world), Midlake's debut has already encouraged ecstatic comparisons with The Flaming Lips and Radiohead. That'll be the formers stratospheric harmonies (take opener, "They Cannot Let It Expand", like some Fisher-Price toy Yoshimi tribute) and the sometimes vexing vocal similarity between singer Tim Smith and Thom Yorke then? Whatever, the two elements fuse beautifully on the mistily majestic "Kingfish Pies", the hypnotizing highpoint on an album which more than merits the high expectations such prestigious peer evaluations invite." 4 Stars
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