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So it should come as no surprise then that Midlake's next record, The Courage of Others, is a hotly anticipated commodity; in the current issue of Under The Radar, the album is named as one of the magazine's most anticipated albums of 2009. It's right up there for us in DC9 HQ, too, alongside upcoming releases from fellow locals The Paper Chase and Damaged Good$. But, anyway, I digress.
As Midlake's members told Stereogum in November, things ain't moving too quickly in its Denton studio. But, still, they are moving. Last we heard, the band was about four songs deep into the record's completion. And then a friend of DC9 passed along this track...