Midlake - Roscoe
Upon releasing second album The Trials of Van Occupanther last year, Texas quintet Midlake's exquisite pastrol rock had caused quite a stir come December, the album setting up shop in a healthy number of 'end of year' lists. Roscoe is solid proof as to why. It sounds like a throwback to the 1970s harmony-drenched days of Americana rock, although Tim Smith's painfully wistful vocal assures you won't be thinking 'ooh, Fleetwood Mac' when he delivers the melancholic chorus line 'They're all mixed up with no one to stay with'.
None other than the Chemical Brothers have latched on to the wonder of Midlake, roping in Smith to add vocals to new tune The Pills Won't Help You Now, featured on their upcoming album. Perhaps this explains why this promo disc comes loaded with no less than five dance mixes of Roscoe. The remixes on offer are distracting enough, especially Jody den Broder's house mix and Erol Alkan having somewhat of a restrained fiddle on the Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve rejig. However, why mess with something that certainly ain't broken? Single of the week, for sure.