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Boomkat Product Review:
Bella Union’s Midlake have always been a bit ‘weird’ for the regular indie set, and I suppose that’s why they were snapped up by Simon Raymonde’s excellent imprint. I always chalked it down to their love of jazz, but this Midlake-curated edition of Late Night Tales shows their interests are more wide-ranging than people might expect. The band never actually resorts to the ‘jazz drop’ at all, and maybe that’s because as students of the craft they never really feel the need to go over it all over again. Instead we’ve got folk rock (Steeleye Span, Love and Dreams Bread, Fairport Convention), hazy voice-led jams (Nico, Scott Walker) and most surprisingly some more recent, more electronic moments (Beach House, Bjork). The weirdest segment of all is a section of spoken word from caustic writer Will Self, heard in context however this makes perfect sense. His unusually poignant words fit appropriately amongst the cascade of different vocals permeating the mix. A collision of styles it might be, but a very enjoyable one.