TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SCHLAGENHEIM BY BLACK MIDI

31 July 2019 | Blog

July 30 – August 6

black midi announced their debut full-length, Schlagenheim on June 21st. Throughout, black midi — Georgie Greep (vocals/guitar), Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin (vocals/guitar), Cameron Picton (vocals/bass), and Morgan Simpson (drums) — 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.

When the group began, they had far more rules and regulations about what should and shouldn’t be done, which transformed into more of an “anything goes” policy of experimentation.

The band has promised that in a few years’ time, the music of black midi will be unrecognizable from how it is now. “It’s a bit bold, but you’ve got to set yourself challenges, there’s no point doing the same thing over and over again,” says Greep.