Midlake

For The Sake of Bethel Woods

Release: 18-03-2022 | Label: Bella Union / PIAS

Indie Only – 180g White Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve printed on Matt Card, Printed Inner Sleeve with Lyrics, Download Card

Midlake announce news of their long-awaited new album, For the Sake of Bethel Woods, released 18th March via Bella Union and available to preorder here. The album will be released in various formats including standard black vinyl, 180g white vinyl and white vinyl with an accompanying signed print. To mark the occasion the band have shared a visualiser for lead track
“Meanwhile…” – listen/watch HERE – and announced news of an extensive European tour running throughout March and April 2022, the dates of which can be found below.

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 of intent.

From the cover to the title and beyond, a longing to reconnect with that which seems lost sits at the record’s core. The cover star is keyboardist/flautist Jesse Chandler’s father, who, tragically, passed away in 2018. As singer Eric Pulido explains, “He was a lovely human, and it was really heavy and sad, and he came to Jesse in a dream. I reference it in a song.
He said, ‘Hey, Jesse, you need to get the band back together.’ I didn’t take that lightly. We had already had these feelings with everyone in the band of, oh, this could be a cool thing to do. But the dream was a kind of beautiful depiction of a purpose to reconvene and make music together as friends.”

Tracklist:

1. Commune
2. Bethel Woods
3. Glistening
4. Exile
5. Feast Of Carrion
6. Noble
7. Gone
8. Meanwhile…
9. Dawning
10. The End
11. Of Desire

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