Midlake have released a new song, ‘Bethel Woods’, taken from their forthcoming LP FOR THE SAKE OF BETHEL WOODS. The single is accompanied by a music video starring Michael Peña. Check out the Brantley Gutierrez-directed clip below.
“’Bethel Woods’ lyrically was born out of a documentary film still of Dave Chandler (Jesse’s Dad) at 16 years old sitting in the massive crowd of Woodstock in 1969,” Midlake frontman Eric Pulido said in a statement. “Dave died a few years ago in tragic circumstances and I was moved to write this song from his point of view with a message of peace in returning to that special place and reuniting with loved ones ‘down the road’.”
Gutierrez added: “When Midlake approached me to direct the video for ‘Bethel Woods’ I knew I wanted to do a take on a ghost story. To play with the idea of returning to a place full of memories. The concept of emotional attachment to the people and the memories in those places, what the confusion might feel like for those who have passed on. Working with the highly talented Michael Peña was an absolute pleasure; he brought something to the character that felt honest and relatable.”
Midlake’s new album, the follow-up to 2013’s Antiphonis, arrives on March 18 via ATO. The band previously shared the lead single ‘Meanwhile…’.