Midlake - For The Sake Of Bethel Woods - Limited Edition 180g Cream Vinyl


Artist: Midlake
Label: Bella Union
Cat no: BELLA1261VX
Release Date: 18/03/2022

Midlake - For The Sake Of Bethel Woods - Limited Edition 180g Cream Vinyl

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Loss and hope, isolation and communion, the cessation and renewal of purpose. Timeless and salient, these themes echo throughout the fifth album from Midlake, their first since Antiphon in 2013. Produced to layered, loving perfection by John Congleton, For the Sake of Bethel Woods is an album of immersive warmth and mystery from a band of ardent seekers, one of our generation’s finest: a band once feared lost themselves by fans, perhaps, but here revivified with freshness and constancy of intent.

 A desire to commune with the past and connect with present, lived experience asserts itself from the opening of the album. A song that resonates with Midlake’s return and, perhaps, our lockdown era, ‘Commune’ can also be read in terms of a deeper urge to re-engage with sometimes neglected ideals and beliefs. ‘Bethel Woods’ sustains and develops that reconnection, evoking the steadfast and contemplative urgency of The Trials of Van Occupanther to back a lyric steeped in yearning for a paradisal time and place of hope and optimism. Soaring guitars and atmospheric noise effects extend a sonic scope further developed by ‘Glistening,’ where arpeggios dance like light glancing off a lake. In just three songs, Midlake reintroduce themselves and reach out into fresh territory with a richly intuitive dynamism, honouring their past as a seedbed of possibility.




01. Commune
02. Bethel Woods
03. Glistening
04. Exile
05. Feast of Carrion
06. Noble
07. Gone
08. Meanwhile…
09. Dawning
10. The End
11. Of Desire

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