With their upcoming album For the Sake of Bethel Woods due out 18th March via Bella Union, and having recently been featured in The Guardian, Midlake today share new track “Noble”, one of the most personal and moving songs from the LP.
The song is named after drummer McKenzie Smith’s infant son “Noble” who was born with a rare brain disorder. Of the track frontman Eric Pulido says: “Noble was born with a rare brain disease. When he was born, we were told the life expectancy of most children with his disease was between 6 months to 2 years. The heavy nature of Noble’s condition and the new reality for my friend and bandmate McKenzie (and his wife and daughter) wasn’t something we took lightly. We were really excited to create this song for him and for Noble to not only acknowledge the struggle but to also celebrate this amazing and beautiful boy. The wonderful news is that more than 2 years later, Noble is still here with us! He has beaten so many odds already and continues to amaze and prove to us how incredibly strong he is. His life is extremely challenging on many levels, so every day we have with him is a precious gift.” Click here to donate and support.
Early acclaim for For the Sake of Bethel Woods:
“Layered, sophisticated and melodic.” MOJO – 4 stars ****
“Texan folk-rockers return in leaner, more dynamic form… For The Sake Of Bethel Woods secures Midlake’s future, running on a newly energised course.” Uncut – 7/10
“A compelling song cycle woven around the location of Woodstock. A thoughtful, sonically dense return.” Shindig – 4 stars ****