DFW Music News

Dallas Music News: Midlake Announces New Album, Ottoman Turks Get 'Wound Up'

Midlake reunited for a performance at the Dallas Observer Music Awards in 2019. Now, the band is back with new music.
Midlake reunited for a performance at the Dallas Observer Music Awards in 2019. Now, the band is back with new music. Mike Brooks
It’s been a long seven years since we've heard anything new from Denton band Midlake. After 2013’s Antiphon, its subsequent single releases and vinyl rerelease of the 2006 classic The Trials of Van Occupanther, it was unclear whether we’d actually get any new music. Late last year, the band announced on social media they were back in the studio working with Grammy Award-winning record producer John Congleton. Last Friday, Feb. 5, Midlake let fans know that “LP5 is in the can! ... More soon but here’s to all y’all for hanging with us through the years!”

Also last Friday, new Fort Worth band Tan Recluse released their first single, “The New Now.” Tan Recluse makes the kind of music for older punk fans — of bands like Leatherface, Hot Water Music or Off With Their Heads — who are tired of moshing but still just as disillusioned with the world of consumerism and superficiality.

Jazz fusion band Skinny Cooks turned up the funk on their latest single, “Leviathan.” Featuring the words and music of Nigel Newton and Brianne Sargent with help from the acclaimed Robert Trusko on bass, the Cooks’ first studio release in over four years is promised to be the first of many new tracks to come this year.

Bifocals, the surprising new post-pop band comprising members from North Texas indie-rock bands Fun Button and Mr. Breakfast, have released their first single, “Secure the Bag.” Brooding and synth-heavy, the song makes misery danceable, like the soundtrack of your favorite John Hughes films. The band’s debut, six-song EP will be out March 1.

The singles just keep on coming for alt-country outlaws Ottoman Turks. The band’s second single of the year (and third since November) “Wound Up” is available on most streaming services Feb. 12. As with their previous releases, the song will also come coupled with a new video. This one is set during a wedding, with the Turks as a wedding band. Let the crashing begin.

Xavier Bernazard is a Latinx, nonbinary indie-pop singer who released their first single “Break My Own Heart.” The song speaks about breaking free from a toxic relationship. Drawing inspiration from pop icons and Latinx artists such as Fiel a la Vega, La Quinta Estacion, La Oreja de Van Gough and Calle 13, Bernazard music carries a distinct Latin vibe that makes it as easy to listen to as background ambiance as it is heartbreaking when blasting in the foreground.

Also with a new single, singer-songwriter Brandon Callies’ “No Good” came along with a new video. A song about growing up and letting go of the past, “No Good” is a meditation on what one must give up from youth without letting go of the feeling of youth itself.

Contemporary Christian artist Brandon Hixson’s new album Time Marches On is available now. The singer’s eighth album has nine new songs, including a version of his song “Autumn Fall” recorded by a live orchestra in London. The album is available on all major downloading platforms including iTunes and Spotify.

Singer-songwriter, published author, and nonprofit founder C. Nichole’s new EP, Pan African Think Tank Vol. 1, hits digital platforms Friday, Feb. 12. The four-song EP is devoted to changing the mindsets of how Pan-Africans (people of African descent around the world) are viewed. Calling her style “Tribal Trill,” C. Nichole writes Pan-African history into songs while giving listeners something they can vibe to.

Polydogs’ new single and video “Blue Buddy” will be available Saturday, Feb. 13. Upbeat rock ‘n’ roll with just a hint of psychedelia, “Blue Buddy” and its video will be premiered at the band’s show at Tulips in Fort Worth Saturday. The band will release another single, “Daddy,” that night.

Upcoming Shows

Lots going Friday night, Feb. 12. In Deep Ellum, metal bands Wyrm Chasm, Empty Shell, SilverTongueDevil and Never Cease take the stage at Trees.

Across town, Anthony Attalla will be DJing at It'll Do Club with support from Dope Kiti and Turner.

On Greenville Avenue, Texas rock trio Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch will play at Sundown at Granada.

In Terrell, country band the Casey Donahew Band will play at the Silver Saloon with support from Hayden Haddock.

For Valentine's Day on Sunday, Tulips in Fort Worth will host a Troubled Hearts Club Anti Valentine's Day concert with sets by Rosegarden Funeral Party and Noogy.
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David Fletcher writes about music, arts and culture for the Dallas Observer. You can usually find him at a show in Deep Ellum whether he's writing about it or not. A punk scholar and local music enthusiast, David focuses his attention on the artists screaming in the margins of Dallas' music scene.
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