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black midi
Rough Trade
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May 26, 2021


black midi return to yet again surpass all expectations and preconceptions with their sophomore album Cavalcade. As if Schlagenheim wasn’t already a sure-fire hit record of slack-virtuosic math-experimental-post-whatever defying genre brackets, South London stalwarts of the ‘New Weird’ find new ways to showcase their musical chops with Cavalcade. Approached with a completely new approach, recording studio and producer than their improvisation-based debut, the fray of discordant guitars, mumble-sung storytelling and maniacally unpredictable drumming comes fitted with a flurry of brass and strings, resulting in a tangled knot of sound which answers the question: what would Slint sound like if John Zorn led their arrangements?

The other answer is: certainly like nothing you’ve heard before, which is an especially incredible feat for this esteemed group of Brit School alumni. Opening barnstormer ‘John L’ sets a chaotic tone of screeching violins and brown-noise guitars, its lyrics crushed and squeezed into verse-like form by Geordie Greep. Each pause and breakdown is a reminder that black midi are fascinated with beauty as they are the macabre. The timbre of ‘Slow’ and ‘Diamond Stuff’ verges on the ambient slow-burn of a Low epic, as ‘Marlene Dietrich’ disarms with Greep’s uncharacteristically crooning torch-song vocal style.

A year that no one could have predicted followed their lauded debut album, now with a completely new outlook on recording - black midi prove their resilience and sheer talent. Possibly one of the greatest ever.

One Golden Ticket will be inserted into 1 LP in the US and 1 in the UK. Anyone who buys a standard Cavalcade LP in the UK could be the lucky finder/winner and can claim one of three prizes:

1 - black midi will be the function band for an event of your choice

2 - One day in the studio with black midi for a creative collaboration

3 - Guestlist spots for two people for all future worldwide black midi headline live shows for 10 years. Rules on the band’s website.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 John L 5:13 Buy
  2. 2 Marlene Dietrich 2:53 Buy

    Marlene Dietrich

  3. 3 Chondromalacia Patella 4:49 Buy

    Chondromalacia Patella

  4. 4 Slow 5:37 Buy
  5. 5 Diamond Stuff 6:20 Buy
  6. 6 Dethroned 5:02 Buy
  7. 7 Hogwash and Balderdash 2:32 Buy

    Hogwash and Balderdash

  8. 8 Ascending Forth 9:53 Buy

Track List

John L
Marlene Dietrich
Chondromalacia Patella
Diamond Stuff
Hogwash and Balderdash
Ascending Forth

  • Cavalcade

  • Cavalcade

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