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Roscoe Single, Import

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Audio CD, Single, Import, August 1, 2006
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Roscoe is the Second Single from Midlake's Second Album, "The Trials of Van Occupanther".

1. Roscoe
2. Marion
3. Paper Gown (From The Milkmaid Grand Army Ep, 2001)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 1, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B000G8OZ2U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
One of the catchier songs from "The Trials Of Van Occupanther," Midlake's second album, was a mellow rock anthem called "Roscoe." And on this single, the song gets paired with a couple of earlier works that play off it quite nicely.

It opens with the title song. "Stone-cutters made them from stones/Chosen specially for you and I/Who will live inside?" Tim Smith asks, lamenting for a simpler time over the rough-edged guitars. "The village used to be all one really needs/Now it's filled with hundreds and hundreds of chemicals/That mostly surround you, you wish to flee/But it's not like you so listen to me... listen to me..."

It's followed by the B-side "Marion," a delicate piano ballad that slowly gets wrapped up in equally fragile strings, as Smith describes that "I saw Marion/about to be swallowed/up by the sea." It's a sweet, sad little ballad.

And finally there is "Paper Gown," an early piece of work from the now-rereleased "Milkmaid Grand Army" EP. This is heavily influenced by Grandaddy, a fuzzy, murky piece of indiepop with mumbled lyrics and a sense of poignancy.

Actually, the "Roscoe" single is a good look at what Midlake is capable of -- murky indierock with a fuzzy lo-fi sound, languid rock anthems about a simpler time, and fragile, wistful ballads. They drift from one style to another, but never lose their signature sound.

Those mellow guitars are the backbone of two songs, whether they're strummed or cycle dreamily through, and they're backed by solid percussion, a flute, fuzz bass, and waves of subtle synth. Not to mention the piano/strings of "Marion," which are just beautiful.

Smith sounds kind of stoned in "Paper Gown," a la Lytle or Linkous, but his smooth voice is absolutely beautiful in the other two.
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