black midi – Cavalcade (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

black midi – Cavalcade (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:16 minutes | 476 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rough Trade

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.

A good way to get started with the music of the young UK group Black Midi is to take a look at the sleeve of their second album, Cavalcade. Look closer. No, closer than that. Try and step into it. It is chaos, a maelstrom of colours and shapes, a work of computer-assisted surrealism, a disorienting, energy-saturated visual shock, beyond beauty and ugliness, and yet a crazy harmony is emerging from the chaos. Their music is exactly the same: at first glance, it’s a big mess, a mixture of free jazz and noise rock: it’s aggressive, deconstructed, and furiously wild. Digging a little deeper, we hear rapid-fire echoes of Captain Beefheart and his psych-ward cellmate Frank Zappa; of King Crimson, The Fall, John Zorn in his Naked City period, Primus and Slint. The geometric, taut guitar lines of 90s post-rock explode at every turn in this record. This is more than mere revivalism: Diamond Stuff recalls a Buddhist mantra, while Geordie Greep’s voice sounds like a drug-addled Sinatra being pulled over by the cops. Black Midi’s art lies in the repeated contrasts between acoustic sounds and electric thunderbolts; in furious lyrical and rhythmic sallies; and in their older influences (lounge jazz, prog rock) and their contemporary way of recycling them. This is not a group, it is a particle accelerator. In the old days, we might have talked about jazz-rock and fusion. This is a soundtrack for atomic fission. – Stéphane Deschamps

01. black midi – John L (05:13)
02. black midi – Marlene Dietrich (02:53)
03. black midi – Chondromalacia Patella (04:49)
04. black midi – Slow (05:37)
05. black midi – Diamond Stuff (06:20)
06. black midi – Dethroned (05:02)
07. black midi – Hogwash and Balderdash (02:32)
08. black midi – Ascending Forth (09:45)


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