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Country - Released May 29, 2020 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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Country - Released May 8, 2020 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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Country - Released February 28, 2020 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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Country - Released September 20, 2019 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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Country - Released September 20, 2019 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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House - Released August 30, 2019 | Mixmag Records

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Country - Released August 23, 2019 | Big Machine Records, LLC

A conscious backlash to bro-country's skinny jeans and faux-rap, Midland mines a beloved but "uncool" slice of history: the mid-tempo neo-traditionalism of '80s kings George Strait and Clint Black. To charming advantage, the Texas trio has stripped away the earnestness and layered on a mischievous wink. But don't be fooled by the retro irony of their Nudie suits: These hipsters aren't just play-acting. They can do boot-scooting tracks (the swinging "Mr. Lonely"), heartache tunes (Tex-Mex-tinged "Put the Hurt on Me") and barfly ballads — the two-step shuffle "Every Song's a Drinkin' Song" features a drunken-sounding dobro — with equal conviction. There are also genuine surprises. The Southern rock strut of "21st Century Honky Tonk American Band" suddenly shifts into a Glen Campbell-esque dream sequence. And "Lost in the Night" finds singer Mark Wystrach affecting a husky whisper — "dancing at the Holiday Inn, your fingers through my belt loops" — alongside both pedal steel and yacht-rock sax. What could be a mess drifts just on the right side of camp and makes you think maybe these guys actually are reinventing the wheel. © Qobuz
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Country - Released August 23, 2019 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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Country - Released November 15, 2018 | Big Machine Records, LLC

Country - Released May 22, 2018 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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World - Released April 6, 2018 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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Country - Released September 22, 2017 | Big Machine Records, LLC

About halfway through their eponymous 2017 debut, Midland sing that their music isn't "Check Cashin' Country," a contention that might not quite square with the trio signing to Big Machine, one of the biggest labels in Nashville in the 2010s. Nevertheless, there's a grain of truth in that sentiment, as the group's debut On the Rocks is proudly out of step with the sounds of commercial country in 2017, containing nary a trace of electronics or hip-hop. Unlike other country throwbacks, Midland don't revive hardfloor honky tonk. They're bringing back the mellow, easy sounds of '80s country, sounding like a cross between Alabama, George Strait, and middle-aged Merle Haggard. On the Rocks also has a heavy dose of Dwight Yoakam -- he can be heard on the sly mariachi underpinnings of "At Least You Cried," and on the lean boogie of "This Old Heart" -- and that's the key to the group's success. Midland picked up on how Yoakam's magpie tendencies were strengthened by strong songcraft, and that lesson is evident throughout On the Rocks. With the assistance of producer Shane McAnally, the three members construct sturdy songs with a shimmering surface to match. Occasionally, the group seem to be winking at the past -- "Electric Rodeo" is a de facto tribute to "Rhinestone Cowboy"-era Glen Campbell -- but On the Rocks is anything but ironic. It's a warm, rich, and detailed love letter to a smooth style of country music that's fallen out of fashion. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Electronic/Dance - Released September 22, 2017 | Fabric Worldwide

"An opening period of deep/sunken house and techno depicting jittery fractals, futuristic visions both boldly going into the unknown and hanging back with unease, is Midland paving the way for the mix to kick on." © TiVo

Country - Released September 21, 2017 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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About halfway through their eponymous 2017 debut, Midland sing that their music isn't "Check Cashin' Country," a contention that might not quite square with the trio signing to Big Machine, one of the biggest labels in Nashville in the 2010s. Nevertheless, there's a grain of truth in that sentiment, as the group's debut On the Rocks is proudly out of step with the sounds of commercial country in 2017, containing nary a trace of electronics or hip-hop. Unlike other country throwbacks, Midland don't revive hardfloor honky tonk. They're bringing back the mellow, easy sounds of '80s country, sounding like a cross between Alabama, George Strait, and middle-aged Merle Haggard. On the Rocks also has a heavy dose of Dwight Yoakam -- he can be heard on the sly mariachi underpinnings of "At Least You Cried," and on the lean boogie of "This Old Heart" -- and that's the key to the group's success. Midland picked up on how Yoakam's magpie tendencies were strengthened by strong songcraft, and that lesson is evident throughout On the Rocks. With the assistance of producer Shane McAnally, the three members construct sturdy songs with a shimmering surface to match. Occasionally, the group seem to be winking at the past -- "Electric Rodeo" is a de facto tribute to "Rhinestone Cowboy"-era Glen Campbell -- but On the Rocks is anything but ironic. It's a warm, rich, and detailed love letter to a smooth style of country music that's fallen out of fashion. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Dance - Released December 16, 2016 | Classic Music Company

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 31, 2016 | Regraded

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Electronic/Dance - Released April 29, 2016 | Graded Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 18, 2015 | Regraded