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“I Am The War” off Midday Veil’s upcoming album

Thomas Bellflower September 3, 2015

Midday Veil heads out on a full US tour in support of their upcoming LP, This Wilderness

Out September 11th on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records, hear a new single

“I Am The War,”

 

Tour Dates:
09.03.15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Hemlock
09.04.15 – Oakland, CA @ The Speakeasy
09.05.15 – Vista, CA @ Lavender House
09.06.15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Non Plus Ultra
09.07.15 – Fullerton, CA @ Moon Block Mondays at the Continental Room
09.08.15 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
09.11.15 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
09.12.15 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
09.14.15 – Lexington, KY @ Al’s Bar
09.15.15 – Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
09.16.15 – Baltimore, MD @ Holy Frijoles
09.18.15 – New York, NY @ Trans Pecos
09.19.15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s
09.20.15 – Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House
09.21.15 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
09.22.15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Secret Service

10.01.15 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey (Album Release Party)

11.21.15 – Portland, OR @ Kenton Club

Somewhere among the sonic synchronicity that binds together the forty-two minutes of Midday Veil’s animated and eloquent new album This Wilderness, attentive listeners will be struck by the realization that the human organism embodied by the listener is an integral part of an interconnected ecosystem.

It’s a realization about self, size and scope, and like the album itself, it’s massive. Midday Veil have long found themselves comfortable creating colossal concerns, as recorded on the band’s earliest, self-released explorations. The band’s preceding full-length album – 2013’s “The Current,” named one of the year’s best avant-rock releases by The Wire – could be viewed as the band emerging from their kosmische chrysalis, unfurling previously unheard banners of both color and control. “This Wilderness” is the sound of the band under the self-imposed hypnosis of that emergence, extending the voyage with even more discipline than ever before.

Yet it’s the mystery of “This Wilderness” that makes the album among the most creatively compelling of this or any year, and vocalist and founding member Emily Pothast gives voice to that mystery both literally and figuratively. On the opening invocation of “Babel,” Pothast addresses her place within “This Wilderness” and by extension, the place of the listener as well: “This wilderness amazes me / but covers me with shame / when I aspire to codify / the thing that has no name.” On “Babel” and throughout “This Wilderness,” the band stands firmly in the midst of that amazement, transmitting a wide-eyed discovery of the full potential of their sounds and surroundings, utterly resisting retreat into a preordained musical framework and embracing the endless multiplicity of perspective.

The beating musical heart of This Wilderness remains the out-sized synth wizardry of co-founder David Golightly, who seems to have ingested every possible mind-altering sound from Stockhausen to Cybotron to the “Love to Love You” of Donna Summer. They’re all on display here, made especially ornate by the driving percussion of Garrett Moore, the deep, submerging bass of Jayson Kochan, and the often-explosive, reptilian guitar lines of multi-instrumentalist Timm Mason. Rounding out the lineup is an all-star cast of guest spots including Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Funkadelic), Eyvind Kang and Skerik.

It’s unclear what will happen next, nor does it seem to particularly matter. Midday Veil will be staying in “This Wilderness” – in an increasingly interconnected, dynamic, even dangerous cosmos – for quite awhile, and it’s our good fortune to join them.

 

 

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