Midlake have announced their first-ever live album, Live At Roundhouse, a career-spanning double-LP recorded on stage last year at the historic Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London. Live At Roundhouse will be available on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 22, as a stunning matte-board double album printed on Translucent Red and Translucent Orange 180-gram vinyl, with expansive artwork by photographer Andy Little.
Recorded April 6, 2022, Live At Roundhouse showcases material from across Midlake’s still-evolving body of work, from 2006’s wondrous The Trials of Van Occupanther through the dark psych-folk thickets of 2010's The Courage of Others to 2013’s shape-shifting Antiphon and last year’s critically acclaimed fifth album, For The Sake Of Bethel Woods. Highlights of the long-overdue, 75+ minute retrospective include such fan favorites and greatest hits as “Roscoe,” “The Old and the Young,” “Head Home,” and “Acts of Man,” the latter featuring special guest vocals from singer/songwriter Bess Atwell.
“Since our early days, London has been like a second home,” says Midlake’s Eric Pulido. “We’ve been embraced so warmly all of these years and knew our show at the Roundhouse would serve as the perfect night to celebrate our 20-year relationship with our first live album.”
In addition, Midlake has announced a long-overdue new vinyl edition of 2013’s exploratory Antiphon – its first repress since its original release. Hailed by The Guardian as an “impeccably realized meld of bucolic 70s folk and radio-friendly soft rock, as warm and assured as it is adventurous,” Antiphon will be offered as a very special “Cosmic Burst” Edition (black vinyl with red, green, and yellow splatter) limited to 1,000 copies and available in stores on Friday, March 31. Pre-orders are available now.
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Last year saw the arrival of Midlake’s acclaimed fifth studio album, For The Sake Of Bethel Woods, available now via ATO Records in the US and Bella Union in the UK. The album was accompanied by “Meanwhile In Texas,” a multi-part series of exclusive live sessions streaming now via YouTube. Filmed at Dallas, TX’s Modern Electric Sound Recorders by director Rett Rogers and co-director Barbara FG, the series includes captivating live renditions of such LP standouts as “Feast of Carrion,” “Bethel Woods,” “Meanwhile…,” and the incredibly powerful “Noble.”
Produced, engineered, and mixed by GRAMMY® Award-winner John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky, Sharon Van Etten) at Elmwood Recording Studio in Dallas, TX, For The Sake Of Bethel Woods marks Midlake’s fifth full-length release and first time recording with an outside producer. The result is an album of immersive warmth and mystery from a landmark band once feared lost by fans, but here revivified with freshness and constancy of intent. A desire to commune with the past and connect with the present, lived experience asserts itself throughout songs such as “Bethel Woods” – named of course for the site of 1969’s original 37-acre Woodstock festival field – and the sky-scraping space-rock of “Exile.” That same resonant spirit is further embodied by the instantly memorable cover art, designed by pro skateboarder/filmmaker/visual artist Brian Lotti and featuring a striking photo of keyboardist/flautist Jesse Chandler’s father, who tragically passed away in 2018.
Midlake is: Eric Pulido, Eric Nichelson, McKenzie Smith, Jesse Chandler, and Joey McClellan.
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