black midi - SchlagenheimLabel: Rough Trade Records
LP, 180g, Gate
black midi (all lower case) have a dynamic energy, playing as a musical unit that’s constantly in a state of flux and development.
Schlagenheim was recorded with Speedy Wunderground producer Dan Carey, who the band praises for his quick, unfussy approach. black midi laid down eight of the record’s nine tracks in just five days. The process was one of refining and rebuilding tracks around the initial structures. Five-hour jams would sometimes yield a riff that then became a few bars of a song. As anyone who’s been lucky enough to catch black midi live over recent months will testify, black midi’s songs are slippery creatures.