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Old 01-16-2007, 03:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The trials of Van Occupanther


They're from Denton, Texas and play wonderful mellow music, very early seventies ; I'm not very familiar with that kind of music, so maybe one can compare it to Crosby, Stills and Nash ( seriously depressed mind you ), a lot of harmonic vocals, early seventies bass lines and trumpet, lots of piano and the likes. This is their second album and it occupies a lot of "Best of 2006" lists, and for good reason. The vocals are reminiscent of My morning jacket, at times they even remind me of Thom Yorke ( Radiohead ). In short, it's the essence of fall captured on disk. Well worth a try for those prone to loneliness and nostalgia. Similar artist on last.fm include: M Ward, Grandaddy and Sufjan Stevens.

Midlake - Young bride - youtube video

Midlake - It covers the hillside - youtube video

Midlake - Roscoe - youtube video
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Old 01-16-2007, 05:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 01-18-2007, 01:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Bump!!!
Midlake - head home ( youtube video) - one of the best songs about nostalgia ever and you're heartless bastards if you don't get that!
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Old 01-23-2007, 06:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If it weren't for the vocals these would cheesy unlistenable crap. Luckily the instrumental and vocals fit together perfectly making something pretty catchy and enjoyble.
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Old 01-23-2007, 08:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I read about them In Stuart Murdoch's "Diary" on the Belle & Sebastian website. He said that midlake is to Fleetwood Mac what Stillwater is to Led Zeppelin. I'm not crazy about Fleetwood Mac...But Stuart seemed to like them so I feel like I should give 'em a try (haven't yet though).
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Old 01-25-2007, 06:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Milkmaid Grand Army EP is good, i'm listening to (and uploading) Bamnan and Slivercork right now.

Thanks for this.
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Old 03-03-2007, 04:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This band has been growing on me lately.
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Old 03-03-2007, 04:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 03-03-2007, 04:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have the album (The trials of Van Occupanther) downloaded and gave it a listen ages ago. It didn't appeal to me at the time, then I heard a track on a compilation I have and thought "this isn't bad" without knowing what it was and when I checked to see...

...Head Home.
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Old 03-03-2007, 05:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Ahh...awesome song innit? Melancholy at it's best. They're one of those bads whose sound just takes a bit of time to digest...but it makes it worth wile.
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