BLACK MIDI – ” Cavalcade “

Posted: September 8, 2021 in MUSIC
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black midi’s new album “Cavalcade” is a dynamic, hellacious, and inventive follow-up to 2019’s widely-praised Schlagenheim, “a labyrinth with hairpin-turn episodes and lyrics full of dourly corrosive observations” (New York Times, Best Albums of 2019). It scales beautiful new heights, pulling widely from a plethora of genres and influences, reaching ever upwards from an already lofty base of early achievements.

black midi’s “Cavalcade”, released this spring, is “an avant-rock labyrinth of maddening intricacy”. Landing on multiple “Best Albums of 2021 ” lists, it remains one of the year’s most praised releases by critics and fans alike. They present a new single, “Cruising” previously only available as a bonus track on the Japanese “Cavalcade” CD release.

Taken from the same sessions as Cavalcade “Cruising” was recorded with John ‘Spud’ Murphy. It slows the pace down with great dynamism, as muted percussion and softly thrumming bass and guitar open the track. As it continues, Greep’s ominous voice hovers in and the instrumentation grows more melancholy and tense. “Cruising” champions black midi’s astounding musicianship. It is without a doubt one of the best guitar albums released in the last five years. The curation and musical precision of the band have resulted in a sumptuously brilliant album.

Cavalcade is an album of extremes, fluctuating between lounging wizardry and an angular, prog-rock nightmare. It’s smart and well-calculated, expressing their range as musicians. Most importantly, it’s the best path forward to keep speculators on their toes.

black midi will tour extensively across the UK, EU and USA beginning later this month. Full dates listed below and tickets are available from black midi’s website

The record is a dynamic, hellacious and inventive follow-up to 2019’s widely-praised debut Schlagenheim. It scales beautiful new heights, pulling widely from a plethora of genres and influences, reaching ever upwards from an already lofty base of early achievements.

black midi – Geordie Greep (guitar, primary vocals), Cameron Picton (bass, vocals), and Morgan Simpson (drums) – envisage Cavalcade’s songs as a parade of larger than life figures strolling seductively past them. These include a cult leader fallen on hard times, an ancient corpse found in a diamond mine and legendary cabaret singer Marlene Dietrich, among others. 

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