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Cavalcade

Black Midi

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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/Qobuz

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1
John L
00:05:13

Marta salogni, Producer, Mixer - Harvey Birrell, Engineer - Kaidi Akinnibi, AssociatedPerformer - Grace Banks, Engineer - Black Midi, MainArtist - Geordie Greep, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cameron Picton, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Kelvin, Composer - Morgan Simpson, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Joscelin Dent-Pooley, AssociatedPerformer - John 'Spud' Murphy, Engineer - Elliott Heinrich, Engineer

2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd. 2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd

2
Marlene Dietrich
00:02:53

Harvey Birrell, Engineer - Kaidi Akinnibi, AssociatedPerformer - Blossom Caldarone, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Evans, AssociatedPerformer - Black Midi, Producer, MainArtist - Geordie Greep, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cameron Picton, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Morgan Simpson, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - John 'Spud' Murphy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Jamie Sprosen, Engineer - Ian Chestnutt, Engineer

2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd. 2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd

3
Chondromalacia Patella
00:04:49

Harvey Birrell, Engineer - Joe Bristow, AssociatedPerformer - Kaidi Akinnibi, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Evans, AssociatedPerformer - Black Midi, Producer, MainArtist - Geordie Greep, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cameron Picton, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Kelvin, Composer - Morgan Simpson, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - John 'Spud' Murphy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Jamie Sprosen, Engineer - Ian Chestnutt, Engineer

2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd. 2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd

4
Slow
00:05:37

Harvey Birrell, Engineer - Black Midi, Producer, MainArtist - Geordie Greep, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Cameron Picton, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Morgan Simpson, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - John 'Spud' Murphy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Jamie Sprosen, Engineer - Ian Chestnutt, Engineer

2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd. 2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd

5
Diamond Stuff
00:06:20

Harvey Birrell, Engineer - Kaidi Akinnibi, AssociatedPerformer - Blossom Caldarone, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Evans, AssociatedPerformer - Black Midi, Producer, MainArtist - Geordie Greep, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Cameron Picton, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Morgan Simpson, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - John 'Spud' Murphy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Jamie Sprosen, Engineer - Ian Chestnutt, Engineer - Rosie Alena, AssociatedPerformer

2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd. 2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd

6
Dethroned
00:05:02

Harvey Birrell, Engineer - Kaidi Akinnibi, AssociatedPerformer - Black Midi, Producer, MainArtist - Geordie Greep, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cameron Picton, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Morgan Simpson, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - John 'Spud' Murphy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Jamie Sprosen, Engineer - Ian Chestnutt, Engineer

2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd. 2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd

7
Hogwash and Balderdash
00:02:32

Geordie Gordon, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Birrell, Engineer - Kaidi Akinnibi, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Evans, AssociatedPerformer - Black Midi, Producer, MainArtist - Geordie Greep, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cameron Picton, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Morgan Simpson, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - John 'Spud' Murphy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Jamie Sprosen, Engineer - Ian Chestnutt, Engineer

2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd. 2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd

8
Ascending Forth
00:09:53

Harvey Birrell, Engineer - Joe Bristow, AssociatedPerformer - Kaidi Akinnibi, AssociatedPerformer - Blossom Caldarone, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Evans, AssociatedPerformer - Black Midi, Producer, MainArtist - Geordie Greep, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cameron Picton, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Morgan Simpson, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Joscelin Dent-Pooley, AssociatedPerformer - John 'Spud' Murphy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Jamie Sprosen, Engineer - Ian Chestnutt, Engineer

2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd. 2021 black midi under exclusive license to Rough Trade Records Ltd

Album Description

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/Qobuz

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