Not many people talk about the band Midlake anymore. Their popularity peaked around the release of their 2010 album The Courage of Others band as far as most Atlantans were concerned. Maybe they’re big in Texas, where they’re from. They first made their mark in Europe, signing with a European record label, and playing Wintercase in Italy, End of the Road Festival in England, and Les Inrocks in France. And France is where we’re heading with this post ladies and gentlemen, and not just any France, but te singular most French artist of all time, except maybe Jacques Brel…maybe, Serge Gainsbourg.
In 1971 Gainsbourg rocked the world with his monumental concept-psychadelic-fun/orgy/odyssey Histoire de Melody Nelson. What the hell does this have to do with Midlake you must ask. Admittedly not much, really just a chord progression that my ear caught and that I thought I’d share with you.
Time for some interactive musicological knowledge y’all!
Let’s start with Midlake’s best known song Young Bride. Yep soak it in, hum it to yourself, dance a little, good you got it.
Next, play this groovy little cut off of Gainsbourg’s psychosexual masterpiece. Wasn’t that fun, you didn’t even have to dance, the fierce looking French lady did it for you.
So you tell me am I reading too much into it, or did Midlake take that jam and just kinda mellow it out?