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Audio CD, June 8, 2004

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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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  • 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: #923,173 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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I saw these guys at the Coachella Music Festival on 5/1/05 and they were great so I picked up this cd.
William F. Jewell
Buzzing lo-fi guitars and bass, muffled drumming, jazzy horns, and some very creative keyboard -- chimes, blips, buzzes, waves of sound and twists of wobbling synth.
E. A Solinas
The only bad thing about this album is that it is going to be impossible for them to make anything as good for the next.
Freeze

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By R. M. Lawrence on 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 By Mark Somerville on 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 By M. Gaines VINE VOICE on October 1, 2004
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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 By Sean T. Murphy on 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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