Midlake – Acts of Man

The Courage of Others is the 2010 follow up to The Trials of Van Occupanther, a record I was (and still am) obsessed with. I remember being slightly underwhelmed by The Courage of Others when it came out, thinking it was a bit pompous. in many ways it’s a lot different to Trials but I persevered and I now find it heartfelt and joyous. There’s no doubt it harks back to seventies British folk, I feel like I can hear Richard Thompson’s guitar and Sandy Denny on backing vocals….Acts of Man is the glorious album opener, powerful and understated, never fails to give me the tingles. There are not enough flutes in modern rock.