MIDLAKE SET TO RELEASE AMBITIOUS, ENGROSSING NEW ALBUM THE COURAGE OF OTHERS
THEIR FIRST IN OVER THREE YEARS - ON FEB 2 VIA BELLA UNION
FIRST U.S. TOUR DATES SINCE 2007 ANNOUNCED
On February 2, 2010 Bella Union will release the eagerly anticipated new Midlake album The Courage of Others, the follow-up to the group's 2006 breakout The Trials of Van Occupanther. The eleven original songs on Courage were written by Tim Smith and produced by Midlake at their new custom-built studio in Denton, TX. The band's lineup remains: singer Tim Smith, Paul Alexander on bass, drummer McKenzie Smith, and guitarists Eric Pulido and Eric Nichelson.
Courage builds on the complex textures that made Van Occupanther a touchstone, revealing breathtaking soundscapes and bygone eras. Equal parts intimate and epic, the album evokes a cloistered world of its own with dreamlike melodies, stunning vocal harmonies and ambitious arrangements.
Midlake took a two year break from the road to focus on the new album, but will tour extensively in 2010, with an initial string of dates and a return to SXSW - genesis of the Van Occupanther groundswell in 2006 - already confirmed.
Reviewing one of their last U.S. shows in 2007, SPIN Magazine observed that the new song "Children of Grounds," which appears on Courage, "pointed toward further ascension," with "brooding atmospherics and guitar-face rockin.'"
The Courage of Others track list:
Acts of Man
Core of Nature
Rulers, Ruling All Things
Children of the Grounds
The Courage of Others
In The Ground
Midlake 2010 tour dates so far (more to be announced soon):
01.05 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
01.06 Tallahassee, FL Engine Room
01.07 Orlando, FL The Social
01.08 St. Augustine, FL Cafe Eleven
01.09 Mt. Pleasant, SC Village Tavern
01.10 Asheville, NC Grey Eagle
01.11 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
01.12 Little Rock, Rev Room