ALBUM REVIEW: Midlake – For the Sake of Bethel Woods | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 18.03.22





The much-loved Midlake return to the fore with an album that boasts a rare simultaneous coherence and disregard for genre. For The Sake of Bethel Woods shifts effortlessly with each track, drawing on a breadth of influences that all blend together seamlessly, from the psychedelic Exile to the intense crescendo that is Of Desire.

It is tracks like Bethel Woods and Feast of Carrion which really set this record apart; the latter as it grows into a sprawling wonderful track, opening out into an expansive soundscape. It’s such a beautiful moment in an excellent album that fosters an underlying warmth, and despite its multitude of genres it retains its wonderfully inviting tone. This is Midlake at their very best.


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