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Boomkat Product Review:
Bella Union continue their domination of the UK indie scene with this second album from Texas based outfit Midlake. The band regularly get compared to fellow US indierockers Grandaddy, and the comparison isn’t far wrong to be honest – Midlake’s quirky Americana is just as involving as Grandaddy ever managed. There seems to be something of a surge of alt.country/Americana recently and Midlake are certainly up there with the best of them, and what sets them apart from the crowd is that their songs are just great. It’s very easy to plonk some slide guitar and banjo into your tracks, but very difficult to construct convincing pieces from scratch building in these subtle elements. Midlake manage to construct their songs up as a whole, and that is the album’s strength. ‘The Trials of Van Occupanther’ will have you reaching back to listen again and again because it’s that rarest of objects – a well made full length record, it sounds like the band imagined it as an eleven track work from beginning to end – and that might explain the odd title. Who knows, maybe it’s a concept album? Here’s hoping!