By Jon Milton
At the turn of the century when they released their debut album 'Parachutes' I considered myself a fan of the band Coldplay. By the time of their second album I had my doubts and after that, I found myself embarrassed to admit I had one of their albums.
Now if that second Coldplay album had continued in the bright vein of the first, it might have sounded like London based Midlight, who've just released their latest single 'Consume Me'. Lead singer George shares that honeyed tone that Chris Martin has, and his band-mates embody that mellifluous alternative rock sound that went so well on Parachutes on Consume Me, but with added invention. There's a touch of bossa nova here and a bit of dub there, with the song effortlessly incorporating such diverse touches whilst staying true to its alt rock roots. Consume Me is clever, smooth and classy. The band say of the song:
'We played with unpredictable song structures, repetitive lyric phrases and recordings of the world around us to create a track that reflects some of our feelings on the claustrophobic digital world we find ourselves in'.
Consume Me has existed in demo recordings and live sets since late 2019, having been one of the first songs that the band wrote and recorded in their own studio space in Brixton. It has been an ongoing project for them, giving the canvas for experimenting with their production and recording techniques as they develop as a band. It's also further evidence of their growing maturity and ability to make great music.
Consume Me is out now. The band are now preparing for their first UK & Ireland headline tour in March 2022 alongside the launch of their debut EP.