One of the most charming of the new wave of classic rock-inspired indie bands to emerge in the early years of the new millennium, the Denton, Texas-based Midlake won over many listeners with their glorious melodies and poised vocal harmonies. Formed by a group of jazz-loving musicians, they gradually evolved into a more rock-orientated act with a sound that stripped the muso leanings down to a bare lo-fi approach. Their 2004 debut Bamnan And Slivercork was a curious recording, with muted psychedelia and mid-tempo rock struggling to form a coherent whole. The follow-up, The Trials Of Van Occupanther, was less experimental and all the better for it, with flowing harmonies that recalled the soft rock titans of the mid-70s. The album was garlanded with praise and resulted in a buzz about Midlake, that in the four years to the follow-up, The Courage Of Others, had built up to a crescendo. Aiming for a more folk rock-based sound than its predecessors, the album was a thing of beauty that repaid repeated listens.
Followers: Lost Natives, Get Well Soon, The Felice Brothers
Influenced By: Neil Young, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Crosby, Stills And Nash, Grandaddy, Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull...