The first time we heard London’s Black Midi, we were astounded at how the band’s music sounded. While mixing multiple genres into a cohesive sound, their full length Schlagenheim had the sound that felt like it was made by people who’d never listened to modern music. The band, well beyond their years is nothing if not full of surprises on their new single “Sweater.” While the track was recorded in the sessions for their full length, the sound is stark and well within the world that the group has created.
The stark notes that open the track quickly head into a lull of guitar barely playing in the background. Almost at a whisper, the instruments go from blaring to minimalist in a short time frame. The vocals creep in the background before things tick up after the noodling. The free jazz structure here is gloriously done. When the band comes back in they do so with full force only to quiet themselves again. Amidst buzzing feedback, the band returns another time with ferocity to steer the ship towards the rocks.
“Sweater” is available to stream on all streaming services. It can be purchased in all digital outlets via Rough Trade. Black Midi is on tour beginning February 10 in Brighton, UK at Concorde 2 until August 22 in Breacon Beacons, UK at Green Man Festival. Their complete tour schedule is accessible here.
Image Credits: Photo by Anthrox Studio.