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Bamnan & Slivercork

MidlakeAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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An antiphon is a call-and-response style of singing, from Gregorian chants to sea shanties. In the case of Denton, Texas’ favorite sons Midlake, it’s the perfect title for a bold response to a new phase in the band’s illustrious career, with a re-jigged line-up and a newly honed sound as rich and symphonic as it is dynamic and kaleidoscopic.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B000244FGY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. They Cannot Let It Expand
2. Balloon Maker
3. Kingfish Pies
4. I Guess I'll Take Care
5. Some Of Them Were Superstitious
6. The Reprimand
7. The Jungler
8. He Tried To Escape
9. Mopper's Medley
10. No One Knew Where We Were
11. Anabel
12. Mr. Amateur

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They will expand November 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
At the very beginning of "Bamnan and Slivercork," you'll probably be wondering what the raves are about. By the finale, you'll definitely know.

Midlake quietly crept onto the scene with their debut album, which was completely recorded in their homes. It's a swirling, lo-fi wonderland that quietly strums and blips its way into enchanting melodies, always expanding into strange new territories -- they sound like the folkier cousin of the Flaming Lips and Grandaddy.

It opens with a plaintive little voice, a warble of synth, and a soft guitar melody that thrums out into the open. "They cannot let it expand/they cannot let it expand... they cannot let it," Tim Smith murmurs, putting different emphasis every time he repeats the line. It's a sweet, slow song with little bubbles of synth.

Then it kicks into the utterly enchanting "Balloon Maker," a horn-and-drums melody that always seems to be climbing towards a crescendo. It's the best song Wayne Coyne never made. It meanders quietly through different musical sounds -- twittering synth, lazy guitarpop, and chiming little marches.

From there, Midlake explores different types of psychfolk. They do keyboard foot-stompers, lo-fi ballads with buzzing bass, Grandaddyish electro-ballads, fuzzy soundscapes, ominous pop melodies, swirling folk ballads, and some anguished little acoustic tunes. It all finishes up with the anguished sweeps of "Mr. Amateur."

It's hard to believe that this band was originally a Herbie-Hancockish funk-jazz band. Even harder to believe that they generated all of this at home. But Midlake have not only managed it, but they're churning out some utterly brilliant and creative music, influenced by the best of indie-rock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb July 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Midlake is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands, and this album has much to do with that.

Bamnan & Slivercork is hard for me to describe; it has a bit of a surreal sound to it somewhat along the lines of The Flaming Lips. By that I mean that the songs are generally mellow and there are a lot of synthesized sounds. I do think that Midlake is better than The Flaming Lips when it comes to creating catchy tunes and lyric writing. And on Bamnan & Slivercork, Midlake manages to construct a consistent world musically and lyrically without sounding like they're repeating the same song over and over.

I think the best songs on the album are those that are a little more upbeat, particularly The Jungler, Mopper's Medley, and Kingfish Pies.

Basically, the thing that makes Midlake's music great (in addition to the well written songs) is the collection of instruments and sounds that blend into the music... flutes, pianos, strings, horns, organs, and various synthesized sounds. It's certainly worth a listen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Goodness January 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
That's about it: crazy good stuff. This is progressive pop with something really interesting happening in every track, stirring and touching stuff for sure, with the subtlest of prodction nuances (I'm sure that one of the sounds at the beginning of "Some of Them Were Superstitious" is of those lawn sprinklers that go "Tsch, tsch, tsch, tsch, dsh-dsh-dsh-dsh-dsh-dsh-dsh-dsh, good peaceful nostalgic sound).

My Dad confirms that if The Beatles were alive today, this is what they would be doing, though it's blasphemy for a guy like him to say a thing like that...

You can get more info and hear all of the songs in their entirity on their website, also check out their appearance on Craig Ferguson's show, which is pretty intense.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Behold a New Era October 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Texas is to the music world, in the present tense, what Seattle was in the late 80's, New York in the late 70's and the U.K.throughout the 60's. In other words, there's an air of creativitiy that cannot be denied.Shearwater,Okkerhill, Centro-Matic, Mandarin, Lift To Experience and now Midlake, who's marvelous debut "Bamnan & Slivercork" offers listeners an opportunity to hear the band as they take off on this masterfull debut.

Many folks will hear references throughout the disc, (Flaming Lips, Beatles, etc) and granted, these guys borrow from the past.

But what they come up with is some of the most exciting stuff being offered in any era.

Thank God for folks such as Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and his U.K. label Bella Union for having the courage and foresight to recognise and sign these guys.

Amazingly brilliant and inventive stuff for sure!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't overlook the debut Midlake album January 29, 2008
Format:Audio CD
While Midlake got some notoriety (and rightfully so) for 2006's "The Trials of Van Occupanther" the hype should have started with their debut album "Bamnan and Slivercork". While not as strong all the way through as Trials, Bamnan actually holds 3 of my favorite Midlake songs, Kingfish Pies, The Jungler, and Mopper's Medley. While Trials certainly had a 70's am rock vibe, interestingly Bamnan actually sounds more in line with recent faves Radiohead, Flaming Lips and Grandaddy. If this helps you at all, I would say that Trials had a sophisticated sound while Bamnan and Slivercork has more of an indie quirkiness. So, if you like your music quirky and unexpected, check out Midlake's "Bamnan and Slivercork".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good, but not my favorite
I was very impressed with the two most recent albums by Midlake, so when I saw this older one in the bins of a local CD shop I snapped it up. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars He was a great balloon-maker
At the very beginning of "Bamnan and Slivercork," you'll probably be wondering what the raves are about. By the finale, you'll definitely know. Read more
Published on February 15, 2008 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, from little known band
I actually purchased this one after hearing The Trails of Van Occupanther. Bamnan and slivercork is not quite as good Van Occupanther but if you are a fan of Midlake, you will... Read more
Published on March 22, 2007 by All-access Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars He was a great balloon maker
One of the most enchanting songs in Midlake's debut album was "Balloon Maker," the tale of a young balloonist in a small town. Read more
Published on November 18, 2006 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars New. Different. Really Good!!
It doesn't really matter what you're into to appreciate Midlake. These guys create music that's not only beautiful and different, but it's incredibly smart as well. Read more
Published on April 20, 2006 by Liisa Schnipper
5.0 out of 5 stars bitterweet bundle of misery
This is the album Grandaddy wish they had made. That is not putting down Grandaddy at all, as they are one of my favorite bands, but this cd from Midlake is phenomenal. Read more
Published on July 9, 2005 by Freeze
5.0 out of 5 stars Something needed right now in rock.
I saw these guys at the Coachella Music Festival on 5/1/05 and they were great so I picked up this cd. Read more
Published on May 5, 2005 by William F. Jewell
5.0 out of 5 stars different is good
if you want something different, that's not fuzzy and loud, check out midlake - they're fantastically delicious
Published on May 2, 2005 by Jason Gogel
5.0 out of 5 stars Midlake
Wonderful album. Many songs are reminiscent of the band Clinic and others have compared them to The Flaming Lips, Radiohead and even the Beatles. Read more
Published on April 26, 2005 by Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Shines with newly-realized genius
Midlake's Debut full-length album, following their equally diverting EP, Milkmaid Grand Army, tells tales of an alternate reality, where balloon makers are legendary and mopping... Read more
Published on April 22, 2005 by BeatleGirl
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