black midi – Cavalcade (Download Free album Zip)
Cavalcade is the second studio album by English rock band Black Midi. It was released on 26 May 2021 through Rough Trade Records. It was primarily recorded in the summer of 2020 with producer John “Spud” Murphy, with the exception of one track which was recorded beforehand with Marta Salogni.
For Cavalcade, the band had a more premeditated approach to the writing and recording, as opposed to the improvisational approach taken for their debut studio album, Schlagenheim (2019). The opening track “John L” was released as a single in promotion of the album, followed by a louder mix of the fourth track “Slow”.
Black Midi began writing music for a new album in late 2019, not long after the release of their debut studio album, Schlagenheim, in June of that year. The band chose to have a less improvisational approach to writing their second studio album, in contrast to Schlagenheim which was crafted around jam sessions.
Guitarist Geordie Greep said of the process, “People seemed to really like the debut album but after a while we all became pretty bored with it…So, it was like: this time let’s make something that is actually good.”.
Prior to the recording sessions for the album, guitarist Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin took a break from the band, citing a need to focus on his mental health; he took part in the writing sessions for Cavalcade, however. Saxophonist Kaidi Akinnibi and keyboardist Seth Evans, who were a part of Black Midi’s recent touring lineup, were a part of the album recording sessions.
The band first recorded “John L”, the opening track, with Marta Salogni in London. Afterward, they recorded the rest of the album with John “Spud” Murphy at Hellfire Studios in Dublin during the summer of 2020.