With their Islington Assembly Hall show in October selling out in less than 24 hours, MIDLAKE have today announced news of a UK tour in February 2014 to follow the release of their fourth album Antiphon in early November, finishing in London with a performance at Shepherd's Bush Empire.
An antiphon is a call-and-response style of singing, from Gregorian chants to sea shanties. In the case of Denton, Texas’ favourite sons Midlake, it’s the perfect title for a bold response to a new phase in the band’s illustrious career, with a re-jigged line-up and a newly honed sound as rich and symphonic as it is dynamic and kaleidoscopic.
Anyone who knows Midlake’s preceding albums will recognise some constituent parts of 'Antiphon': the quirky psychedelia of their 2004 debut, the ‘70s soft-rock strains of breakthrough album The Trials Of Van Occupanther and the Brit-folk infusion of 2010’s The Courage Of Others. But their fourth album is another fascinating departure, but also a logical progression.