Midlake frontman leaves band, group announce new album Antiphon without singer

Texan folk-rock outfit, Midlake have confirmed the departure of frontman Tim Smith, who they say left the group back in November 2012.

In a statement released via their official website, the band confirmed that – despite their singer leaving – they are nonetheless working on a new full-length release, what will be their fourth LP to date.

Going by the name Antiphon, meaning “opposite voice” in Greek, the record is set to drop this coming Autumn. “We’ve worked days and nights in the studio to write and record this album,” the band write. “We’ve pushed ourselves and challenged ourselves and feel that Antiphon represents an ultimate genesis both musically and spiritually”.

As DIY note, it seems that Smith has allegedly left to pursue a “career in ornithology”, the professional study of birds.

Read the full statement below. Midlake released their last album, The Courage of Others, back in 2010.

“Hello friends. Many days have passed since we saw you last. It’s been a couple years since we released any music, and it’s been months since we last performed live. The time passed has brought progression, changes, hope and joy. We are pleased to announce that our new album entitled Antiphon will be released this fall. We are beyond excited to share this new record with everyone. Since the departure of Tim Smith from Midlake in November of last year, we’ve worked days and nights in the studio to write and record this album. We’ve pushed ourselves and challenged ourselves and feel that Antiphon represents an ultimate genesis both musically and spiritually.

We have so many great announcements and plans developing but more than anything, we are excited to perform these new songs along with our past favorites live for you. We look forward to seeing some of you in August and if we miss you then, we will see you in the months following. There are several tour dates brewing Stateside and overseas so please check in frequently on this page as the updates will be coming often. Onward!”