Music You Don't Know You Like Yet
Antiphon is Midlake's fourth album and represents, according to the band, "an ultimate genesis both spiritually and musically." This could be due to the departure of founding member Tim Smith (vocals, guitar), who decided to leave the band to start a new project by the name of Harp. The Denton, TX band released their first LP Bamnan and Slivercork in 2003, which combined acoustic sounds with electronic flourishes and lo-fi keyboard accents. They formed as a ragtag bunch of jazz students at the University of North Texas College of Music back in 1999, initially playing jazz and funk exploratory pieces under the name The Cornbread All-Stars, and soon eschewed this credo to be an indie-rock gang. So considering guitarist Eric Pulido (who stepped in to replace Smith's lead vocals) claiming that Antiphon is "the most honest representation of the band as a whole, as opposed to one person's vision that [we're] trying to facilitate," the record sounds and feels like a rebirth for Midlake. This is their first release on Dave Matthew's ATO Records, which is home to bands such as My Morning Jacket, Okkervil River, Stars, and Alabama Shakes, to name a few.
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