As they prepare to embark on an extensive tour of the UK Midlake have unveiled the new video for Antiphon highlight ‘The Old & The Young’. Directed by Ollie Murray (The Horrors, The Vaccines) in Hillesden, Buckinghamshire on the sheep farm he grew up on, the video also features John Campling – who appeared in the last two Harry Potters as the leader of the Death Eaters – as the hermit.
From the band… “Ollie really captured the essence of this song in style, vibe, and emotion. We’re really excited to birth this one and hope you dig it!”
Thursday 20 February – MANCHESTER – The Ritz
Friday 21 February – WOLVERHAMPTON – Wulfrun Hall
Saturday 22 February – GLASGOW – O2 ABC
Sunday 23 February – DUBLIN – Vicar Street
Tuesday 25 February – BRISTOL – Anson Rooms
Wednesday 26 February – LONDON – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
My Sad Captains are the latest addition to the Bella Union family, bringing with them a third album that further defines their exquisitely tailored, subtly expressive and melodically radiant songcraft. Like the brilliant 1961 poem by the late Thom Gunn from which the London-based quartet takes its name, a sparingly deployed assemblage of words and emotions shows that less can be so much more.
The nine songs that comprise Best Of Times have an almost underplayed guitar-pop sensibility reminiscent of many classic indie bands of the 80s. But neither are they any kind of throwback, with suitably restrained and delicate shades of keyboards and a beautiful clarity of sound that’s distinctly 21st century.
The band was formed by Ed Wallis (vocals, guitar), Nick Goss (guitar, sonics), Jim Wallis (drums, keyboards, vocals) and Dan Davis (bass) and released early singles on Fortuna Pop! and White Heat before recording two albums for Stolen Recordings, 2009’s Here & Elsewhere and 2011’s Fight Less, Win More. But with Bella Union MD Simon Raymonde including the latter one in his Best of 2011 albums, it wasn’t long before they had signed to his label and were self-producing a third album at Bella Union’s studios in Hackney, East London before it was mixed in Portland, Oregon by Larry Crane (Elliott Smith, Stephen Malkmus).
Best Of Times also mirrors the band’s visual aesthetic. Both practising artists, Goss (alongside his brother Phil) has done all MSC’s artwork while Davis has directed two of the band’s videos and a film they use on stage. “Self-sufficiency is important, from the artwork to producing the records,” says Wallis. “Perhaps we are an indie band in the old and true sense, kind of an English art-school band. For Best Of Times, we commissioned nine artists to respond to individual songs, which came back as a wonderful and eclectic range including screen prints, oil on paper and photo collage.” The set of nine works is an art book that houses the vinyl, in a limited edition of one thousand copies.
Best Of Times is released 17th March on Bella Union.
Having just completed a sold-out UK tour following rave reviews for his second album Fanfare, Jonathan Wilson has just announced news of his biggest London headline show to date, performing at the Village Underground in June next year.
Tuesday 3 June – LONDON – Village Underground
Watch the beautiful new video for Porcelain below… Created by Matt Yarrington and Sarah Winters.