Midlake - the Texan neo-folk band behind 2006's understated classic The Trials of Van Occupanther - return this month (today, actually) with their third full length, the much anticipated The Courage of Others.
Taken from the new album The Courage of Others, out now
New song Acts of Man opens the album and gives a solid indication as to what to expect. The same unassuming yet curiously ominous tone permeates the track, creating that pleasantly dated sound. Dated, that is, in a uniquely vintage manner, rather than any derivative influence-worship. The vocal is earthy, seamlessly blended into the cautious percussion and painstakingly tight guitar lines, to beautiful effect. I could continue, but the song is under 3 minutes on an album with over 40 of them, so perhaps the superlatives should be held back for the full review.
Although it will have to do a great deal to match the heights of ...Van Occupanther, suffice it to say that the first inklings are sending out all the right signals.