Midlake w/Nicole Atkins

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Texas’ folk-imbued indie-rock act Midlake parted ways with lead singer Tim Smith one year ago, scrapping all of their work on a forthcoming record and starting over from scratch. Just last week, the band emerged with Antiphon, having moved guitarist Eric Pulido into the role of frontman. Despite the turmoil, the record is a cohesive and consistently executed work, complete with remarkably warm production, dexterous playing (particularly McKenzie Smith’s drumming) and pristine, note-perfect vocal harmonies. As with past releases, Antiphon is tunefully mellow and mild-mannered, though tracks like “Vale” do feature the occasional psychedelic freak-out (which is more than you can say for fellow folkies like Fleet Foxes). According to 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.” If nothing else, Antiphon is the best thing Midlake has produced since 2006’s exceptional The Trials of Van Occupanther. Here’s to Midlake’s rebirth.

—D. PATRICK RODGERS

Wed, Nov 13 | 9:00 PM
The End
$12
18 and over
[Venue Details]

Midlake

Denton TX  |  Alternative



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