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Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again... One of the best albums ever recorded. Near perfect and totally evergreen.
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An album that's steeped in musical history yet possessing an identity all its own. As the original press explained; Midlake are a relatively small indie band, so the level of ambition they display on ‘The Trials of Van Occupanther’ is to be commended. From the opening track, ‘Roscoe’, with its laconic lyrics and slowly building chorus, they manage to recreate perfectly the sound of 1980s Fleetwood Mac, a band not known for thinking small.

In 2006, Van Occupanther was hailed as an instant classic and over the course of the next year proved to be the band’s commercial breakthrough. While their debut, 2004’s Bamnan and Slivercork, had drawn acclaim alongside comparisons to Grandaddy and Radiohead, Midlake looked further afield and deeper within for the follow-up. Suffused with a romantic yearning for the simpler life, this was a record pitched between 1871, 1971 and somewhere out of time: between Henry David Thoreau and Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, between 1970s Laurel Canyon thinking and a longing for something more mysterious. Rich reserves of wistful melody, dreamy horns, rolling guitars and plaintive pianos reflect its elusive, idiosyncratic narratives: a couple long to be robbed by bandits so they can start anew, an outcast scientist ponders his pariah status, a woman chases a frisky deer, a river leads who knows where yet leaves you little choice but to follow…

Edition Info

• Released on 180g gold vinyl to the 15th anniversary of ‘The Trials of Van Occupanther’.

Tracklisting

Roscoe
Bandits
Head Home
Van Occupanther
Young Bride
Branches
In This Camp
We Gathered In Spring
It Covers The Hillsides
Chasing After Deer
You Never Arrived

Released 18th February 2022

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Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther

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"Promising band issues its second album..."
 
                                 
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