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Sounds | black midi, John L.


Ik snap hier niets van en kan er dan ook geen zinnig woord over zeggen. Behalve dan dat ik dit best hilarisch vind en er ergens ook wel héél vrolijk van wordt. Geniet van het schouwspel. Cavalcade verschijnt op 28 mei via Rough Trade.


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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 -- Geordie Greep (guitar, primary vocals), Cameron Picton (bass, vocals), and Morgan Simpson (drums) -- picture Cavalcade as a line of larger than life figures, from a cult leader fallen on hard times and an ancient corpse found in a diamond mine to legendary cabaret singer Marlene Dietrich, strolling seductively past them. “When you’re listening, you can imagine all the characters form a sort of cavalcade. Each tells their story one by one and as each track ends they overtake you, replaced by the next in line,” comments Picton. Album opener “John L,” available for 12” pre-order today with b side “Despair,” has a massive sound, driven by some gutsy Discipline-era King Crimson thrust, and energy wrought by the inclusion of Jerskin Fendrix on violin. The group tease the raging track to the point of nonexistence before leading it through caverns of reverb and gauzy snareskin landscapes, just for it to return, hitting hard as hell once more. The story painted is a jet black comedy about what happens to cult leaders when their followers turn on them. Its equally massive video was directed by choreographer Nina McNeely, known for her work on Rihanna’s “Sledgehammer” and Gaspar Noe’s Climax. Following the release of Schlagenheim, The Times (UK) called black midi “the most exciting band of 2019.” They were featured in the New York Times Magazine’s annual music issue, named a Rising artist by Pitchfork, Band to Watch by Stereogum and Artist You Need to Know by Rolling Stone. The New York Times, Pitchfork, Stereogum, SPIN and beyond featured it in their best albums of 2019.

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