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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 2004 debut Bamnan and Slivercork, 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. The sound is simultaneously familiar and changed.
"It's always through the scope of Midlake," says vocalist/guitarist Eric Pulido, "but on Antiphon we wanted to embrace the psychedelia, style and nuance you might hear in bands from yesteryear while also being aware of music influences leading up to and present now. The result was less folk and more rock. Less nostalgic and more progressive. Now the sky's the limit."
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I have spent the last 20 years making music. During the past 11, I have been the singer, songwriter, and guitar player in Bayside. Over the years I have written a lot of songs that I've loved, but knew that they didn't fit into the sound that we have crafted for Bayside. That being said, I have decided to launch a solo project: my outlet for songs that I've written that won't be used for my band. I have a very eclectic taste in music and I love exploring and writing in the various different styles that I enjoy listening to. Since I can't start a new side project every time I write a new style of song, I have decided to keep my solo project free of a genre classification. As evident on my first EP, "New Cathedrals", each song differs from each other, whether it be slightly or dramatically. If I write a song and I like it, I'm going to put it out regardless of it being country or reggae.
I have made the difficult decision of going completely on my own with this one. In an effort to keep this project as a true expression of my ideas (not only musically), I decided to release all of the music myself under my own label. In addition to funding this project myself, I am solely responsible for the production of the music, distribution, online stores, social networks, merchandise, advertising and everything else that a band usually has a staff of 50 plus people to do. This has kept me up late at night and worn down the buttons on my computer and phone, but it is, and will continue to be, something that I am proud doing with my own bare hands.
Diego Garcia knows how to mine romantic yearning in his work. His acclaimed 2011 solo debut Laura was the ultimate bedroom recording, an intensely focused and utterly entrancing chamber-pop song cycle about unrequited love, his own. The titular Laura was a woman he fell for in college but lost during a hectic period a decade ago when he was fronting Elefant, a New York City-based rock band that toured the world with artists like Interpol, The National and Morrissey. By the time Laura was finished, Garcia accepted the fact that she might only exist in his life as the subject of these songs. Then he miraculously won her back (and later married her). But those years of estrangement left an indelible mark and continue to inform his work.
Garcia’s new album, Paradise, continues to expand upon the romantic sound he had begun to shape throughout his work on Laura. The album’s hybrid of influences, from the late-sixties ”Anglo” crooners like Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsborg, Leonard Cohen and Scott Walker to the early-seventies passionate balladry of Latin American artists like Roberto Carlos, Jose Feliciano, Piero, and Spaniard Julio Iglesias, is a musical reflection of who he is: a U.S.-bred son of Latin American parents who thinks in English, but can speak fluently in Spanish.