Black Midi - Schlagenheim

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Schlagenheim is the debut studio album by English rock band black midi, released in June 2019 via Rough Trade.

black midi (are an English rock band from London, formed in 2017. The band consists of Geordie Greep (vocals, guitar), Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin (vocals, guitar), Cameron Picton (vocals, bass guitar, synths) and Morgan Simpson (drums). Their musical styles cover progressive rock, postpunk, noise rock and experimental rock.

Enigmatic London-based black midi bring you their debut album Schlagenheim via Rough Trade Records. Since forming just over a year ago, black midi have quickly cemented their reputation as one of the hottest new underground bands, following a string of sold-out UK live dates and surprise shows punctuated by constantly shifting sets and blistering musicianship.

They bonded over shared musical enthusiasms, or “liking messed up things” as Kelvin puts it, including an appreciation for rapper Danny Brown, Death Grips, Deerhoof, Miles Davis and Talking Heads, who they like so much they called a song... Talking Heads. Greep says that ”…we’ve always tried to make it heavy but danceable, melodic but good rhythms. It is accessible music, there are experimental aspects that we’ve taken from when we went crazy at the beginning, we’ve just reigned it in to make something that is pop music.”

These new tracks were recorded in an initial burst with Speedy Wundergrund producer Dan Carey. In November, black midi retouched older recordings, and laid down eight songs in just five days. Drawing comparisons to groups like Shellac, Can, This Heat, and Slint, that’s only half the story to this deeply uncategorizable music. These songs are slippery creatures, the sparks from a musical unit that’s constantly in a state of flux and development. Recently, the band played their first North American live shows, were named a standout act at SXSW and sold out several dates in the Northeast, including their first two shows in New York. black midi will return stateside this July for Pitchfork Fest and more touring.

Throughout its recording, the band made the conscious decision not to replicate their live set, embellishing their four-piece setup with synthesizers, sequencers, drum machines, banjos and organs, whilst the music was developed organically through extensive jamming sessions.

Schlagenheim received praise from music critics, being nominated for the 2019 Mercury Prize, and appearing inside the top-ten of several year-end lists. It also peaked at #43 on the UK Albums Chart.

This album is on 180 gram black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, pressed in the UK via Rough Trade.

(191401007312)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

953

5:20

A2

Speedway

3:17

A3

Reggae

3:29

A4

Near DT,MI

2:20

A5

Western

8:08

B1

Of Schlagenheim

6:24

B2

bmbmbm

4:56

B3

Years Ago

2:34

B4

Ducter

6:42

SKU 191401007312
Record Label Rough Trade Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number RT0073LP
Country UK - United Kingdom
Release Date (Year) 21 June 2019
Original Release Date (Year) 21 June 2019
Barcode # 191401007312
Shipping Weight 0.3700kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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