Friday, February 7, 2014

Midlake to embark on Special Acoustic Tour with Neil Finn, Antiphon Out Now on ATO Records


Antiphon still reflects Midlake’s admiration for late-‘60s psychedelic folk and early-‘70s folk-rock, though the rhythms skew more muscular than before”—New York Times 
Midlake will head out on the road March 29 for a North American tour with Neil Finn; please see complete dates below. For the upcoming shows the band’s special acoustic lineup will feature Eric Pulido (acoustic guitar/vocal), Jesse Chandler (flute/keyboard/vocal) and Joey McClellan (guitar/vocal). Midlake’s new album Antiphon is out now and is garnering critical acclaim: “Midlake is a potent musical force,” Paste declares while Consequence of Sound hails the record as “…a strong statement” and American Songwriter praises it “…a true feat of musician ship.” Antiphon was named one of the top 10 albums of 2013 by Filter and the New York Daily News.  
Midlake made an acoustic appearance on KDHX HERE. The band was also recently featured on NPR’s “World Café” HERE and KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclecitc” HERE. You can check out the band’s new Buzzsession on Wild Honey Pie HERE and their new music video “The Old and the Young” HERE.
Highlights from recent critical acclaim include

“Midlake’s best album in years."
“Stellar…warm and inviting”
“Quintessentially Midlake”
Antiphon is a glowing, lovely collection…thoughtful and honest.”
“This fourth LP marks a return to brighter, more breezily melodic territory. The groovesome Stone Roses-produced-by-David Axelrod psychedelic shapes of the title grack are utterly upbeat. On Antiphon, Midlake sound like a band unburdened and ready to fly.”
“Their songs blaze so confidently, effulgently and tunefully towards the future, celebrating a cosmic dawn alive with hope and enticing mystery.”
“The lush harmonies and enigmatic melodies remain, but you get the sense that the band is stretching out a little more, and Antiphon extends the band's engaging, mysterious charm.”
Antiphon might just grow into an even better record than The Courage Of Others, as one gets used to the way it replaces Smith’s precision and popcraft with the new Midlake’s love of digression and sonic adventure.”
“There is an instability at the heart of Midlake's new album, a roiling, shifting quality that deftly conveys the circumstance of its making. Guitarist Eric Pulido has taken over as singer-songwriter and gives each musician space to breathe, search and stretch.
Recorded at their studio in Denton, the self produced Antiphon came together in six months and was mixed by Tony Hoffer (Belle and Sebastian, M83, Beck). According to Eric Pulido, “Antiphon is the most honest representation of the band as a whole, as opposed to one person’s vision that we were trying to facilitate.”
The band was formed in 1999 by a group of jazz students at the University of North Texas College of Music who made their debut as Midlake with 2004’s Bamnan and Silvercork. The 2006 album The Trials of Van Occupanther brought the band critical acclaim with Entertainment Weekly saying “Midlake excel at lush, harmony-laden ballads” and Mojo calling the album “an invigorating, many-faceted work of diverse instrumentation and durability.” The band’s 2010 The Courage of Others followed which The A.V. Club praised as “more personal…bracing—stunning, even.”
*with Neil Finn
March 29                                                          Vancouver, BC                                         Vogue Theatre*
March 30                                                             Seattle, WA                                        Neptune Theatre*
April 1                                                            San Francisco, CA                  Palace of Fine Arts Theatre*
April 2                                                             Los Angeles, CA                                        The Orpheum*
April 5                                                                Toronto, ON                           Queen Elizabeth Theatre*
April 7                                                                 Boston, MA                                         Shubert Theatre*
April 8                                                               New York, NY                                               Town Hall*
April 10                                                            New Haven, CT                                      Shubert Theatre*
April 11                                                              Glenside, PA                                       Keswick Theatre*
April 12                                                          Washington, DC                                     Lincoln Theatre*

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