black midi let loose jarring new song “Crow’s Perch”: Stream

London rockers justify the hype and then some on their latest offering

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black midi, photo by Dan Kendall

    black midi have been together barely a year, but already their young CV boasts impressive milestones. The London-based rockers sold out their first pair of gigs in New York, as well as managed to land on countless “best of” lists following their SXSW debut earlier this month.

    The early accolades aren’t just hype for hype’s sake, though; the rabid reaction stems from the band’s equally untamed approach when it comes to their music, which folds in — or rather, smashes together — bits of post-punk, experimental jazz, indie rock, math rock, and whatever black midi can find wafting through the speakers of their game room. The result is something like today’s “Crow’s Perch”, their new single via Rough Trade, once the label home of indie rock greats Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, and Alabama Shakes.

    For every different genre that you can pinpoint, black midi fire off yet another plot twist. In that way, listening to “Crow’s Perch” and all of its unpredictable, jerking breakdowns is like playing one of those fast-paced video games for the very first time — you have no clue what’s coming next, but you’re down for the ride. And what an exhilarating ride black midi provide.


    Hear it for yourself via its official music video, directed and edited by Vilhjálmur Yngvi Hjálmarsson.


    “Crow’s Perch”, the title of which naturally references a video game, follows their January-released single “Speedway”. That same month, black midi recorded a live session for KEXP that’s since gone viral. black midi are currently working on what could eventually be their debut album through Rough Trade.

    black midi will return to the US in July following a sprint stint over in Europe. Find their dates below, and grab tickets here.


    black midi 2019 Tour Dates:
    04/06 – Brussels, BE @ BRDCST
    04/20 – Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique
    05/05 – Manchester, UK @ Sounds from the Other City
    05/09-11 – Brighton, UK The Great Escape Festival
    05/25 – Totnes, UK @ Sea Change
    05/30 – Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song Festival
    05/31 – Dudingen, CH @ Bad Bonn Kilbi
    06/01 – Neustrelitz, DE @ Immergut Festival
    06/05-06 – Gothenburg, SE @ Garden Festival
    06/08-09 – Paris, FR @ Villette Sonique
    06/10 – Moers, DE @ Moers Festival
    06/15 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
    06/18 – London, UK @ EartH
    06/20 – Bristol, UK @ Fiddlers
    06/21 – Liverpool, UK @ Phase One
    06/22 – Glasgow, UK @ Mono
    06/23 – Nottingham, UK @ Contemporary Space
    07/05 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
    07/05-07 – Moscow, RU @ Bolb Festival
    07/12 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
    07/14 – Nijmegen, NL @ Valkhof Festival
    07/18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    07/21 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
    07/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    07/23 – Madison, WI @ The Terrace
    07/26 – Hyeres, FR @ Midi Festival
    08/02-04 – Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival
    08/04 – Waterford, IE @ All Together Now
    08/08-10 – Rees Haldern, DE @ Haldern Pop
    08/10 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
    08/16 – Viana do Castelo, PT @ Parades de Coura
    08/16-18 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival
    08/24 – Gueret, DR @ Check In Party
    08/29-09/01 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
    09/19 – Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire
    10/07 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
    10/08 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel
    10/09 – Cologne, DE @ Bumann & Sohn

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