From The Desk Of Midlake: Palo Santo

JesseSpoiler alert! The new Midlake record is not from the band that you grew to love with The Trials Of Van Occupanther. With each successive album, the members of Midlake transformed, foregrounding a different favorite section of their record collections. Now comes Antiphon (ATO), which announces itself with an opening title track that rocks harder and more insistently than anything in the group’s prior catalog. Midlake again sounds like a new band. And, this time it is: It’s Midlake’s first since the departure of principal singer/songwriter Tim Smith, its first with guitarist Eric Pulido stepping into those lead roles, its first with former touring members Jesse Chandler (keyboards, flute) and Joey McClellan (guitars) officially joining drummer Mackenzie Smith, multi-instrumentalist Paul Alexander and guitarist Eric Nichelson. Chandler and Nichelson will be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Midlake feature.


Chandler: I don’t really know too much about it, other than it comes from South America and when you burn it, it smells really good. Our friend and labelmate Jonathan Wilson turned us onto it when we went out to L.A. once. We pretty much constantly have it burning at our studio in Denton, so much that our clothes smell like Palo Santo after a nice long day of recording.

Video after the jump.