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Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK in 2008

A Scottish female rock duo MIDAS FALL were founded in 2008 by Elisabeth HEATON (guitar, voices) and Rowan BURN (guitar), that have characteristic Gothic style and epic, theatrical voices. In their early days they've supported Japanese post-rockers MONO and provided material "MovieScreens" for BBC3's Lip Service soundtrack. Their debut album "Eleven. Return And Revert" was released via Monotreme Records in April 2010. In 2011 they've completed their first European tour e.g. Belgium's Dunk Festival, Germany's Dark Spring Festival, or shows in Athens, Sofia, Glasgow, Manchester or London. Whilst gigging around Europe they've launched "Wilderness" (Apr. 2013), "The Menagerie Inside" (Sep. 2015), "Evaporate" (Apr. 2018) so far.

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4.25 | 4 ratings
Eleven. Return And Revert
4.88 | 5 ratings
4.67 | 3 ratings
The Menagerie Inside
4.63 | 7 ratings

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 Evaporate by MIDAS FALL album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.63 | 7 ratings

Midas Fall Post Rock/Math rock

Review by bartymj

4 stars The first album I've listened to by this duo. Comes with the ethereal, spacious soundscapes that you'd expect of something filed under the Post Rock genre, but definitely more to it than that. Heavy use of reverb and distortion but to good effect alongside Heaton's chamber music style vocals. Tracks such as Evaporate and In Sunny Landscapes at times are much faster paced and "busy" than you'd expect from Post-Rock but always shrink back to minimalism just at the right moments.

Intrigued to hear the rest of Midas Fall's output but in isolation I'd imagine this album works both ways; as an entry point into the Post Rock style for those looking to explore it, and as a branching out of the norm for anyone who's tastes are firmly in the genre.

 Evaporate by MIDAS FALL album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.63 | 7 ratings

Midas Fall Post Rock/Math rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars It's nice to hear a softer, more delicate, even acoustic side of both Elizabeth and Rowan, as on songs, "Sword To Shield," "Awake," and "In Sunny Landscapes" as well as all of the orchestral strings so clearly, integrally, even in isolation. The band has definitely taken to exploring their options outside of the Post Rock formats and sounds that they began with, yet power songs like "Bruise Pusher," "Glue," "Dust and Bone," and "Howling at the Clouds" are as devastating in their impact as songs from previous releases.

1. "Bruise Pusher" (3:57) edgy sound coming from the sharply distorted guitars makes this one feel raw despite clean drums and Elizabeth's harp keys and long, sustained vocalizations. Still, this is fresh, potent, and packs a wallop in the instrumental sections. (9/10)

2. "Evaporate" (5:38) spacious chamber music opening turning electro-trip-hoppy with the advent of Elizabeth's long held reverbed vowels. Delicate piano flourishes alternate with sections in which heavy bass parts and full strings fill the soundscape. Definitely a top three song for me and one of my favorite Midas Fall songs of all-time. (9.5/10)

3. "Soveraine" (5:45) Elizabeth singing between the spacious aural field of multiple cello tracks, delicately picked (later, tremoloed) guitar notes. The loud arrival of what-feels-like orchestra waves lasts a brief few seconds before backing away, but then another series of waves washes in via Rowan's tremoloed guitar. Another quiet section is marched along by what feels like a tympanic rhythm pattern as guitars and strings rise and fall around Elizabeth's steady singing. (8.75/10)

4. "Glue" (3:52) The most "normal" Midas Fall song on the album, with a more normal CURE-like full sound palette and multiple vocal tracks and approaches--the lead one being in Elizabeth's trademark plaintive voice. The song builds to a mini-crescendo in the third minute before breaking for a little DEPECHE MODE-like modular synth bridge, then bursting forth into a heavy instrumental section to finish. (9/10)

5. "Sword To Shield" (4:00) opens with a very spacious soundscape with only a tinkering piano and delicate vocals filling the room. Cello eventually and sporadically joins in before a slow Post Rock soundscape fills the aural pathways in the third minute. But then it all reverts to the spacious sparsity of the opening section in the fourth minute for Elizabeth's final vocal input. The end is full band but still not mega-crescendoing like typical Post Rock fare. (9/10)

6. "Dust and Bone" (4:01) one of Midas Fall's masterful renderings in which they seem to be expressing the fragility of the human mind. Elizabeth is masterful as is the music in perfect support of the theme and intended mood. A top three song for me. (9.5/10)

7. "Awake" (2:13) gently picked guitars back Elizabeth's distant-sounding voice--a voice that is almost spoken, almost absent-minded, almost whispered. Then she sings in a stronger voice a "You are" chorus finishing the song by completing her sentence with the title word. Cool! (4.75/5)

8. "In Sunny Landscapes" (5:27) Enya-like voice and sustained single notes (and, later, chords) from Rowan's guitars open this song. Bass, strummed electrified acoustic guitar and cello join in during the vocal break in the second minute, then Elizabeth rejoins and quickly shifts to a very high register for some emotional singing. By the fourth minute I can't help wondering if this is going to stay in the realm of modern pop songs or develop into something more but, instead--surprise--the sound de-escalates and thins for a delicate vocal section sung in Elizabeth's normal speaking range. The following musical patch is interlaced with wordless vocals among the keys, guitars, bass, and sparse drums before Elizabeth finishes the song with one last verse in her high voice. (9/10)

9. "Lapsing" (4:09) opens with two low single note drones before zither-like piano-keyboard and distant cymbols and guitar slowly join in. The pace is ultra slow, drawn out, with a soundscape reminiscent of early MONO pieces (You Are There and Hymn to the Immortal Wind). The second half of the song sees the addition of cello and deep keyboard bass line as Elizabeth's vocals get a little creepy. Bass drum kicks in as sonic field fills. It's ominous and unsettling. But good. (9/10)

10. "Howling At The Clouds" (4:23) opens like a Post Rock evolution of a CURE song before breaking down to an emptiness in which Elizabeth's voice enters and fills our souls. The return of the music en force is immaterial to Elizabeth's singular intent or delivery, yet the instrumental section that follows her cessation is quite powerful-- seeming to reinforce or reverberate the effect of her message. This is awesome! Post Rock at its best--at its most pure. (9.5/10)

Five stars; a minor masterpiece of progressive rock music! This is the least Post Rock conforming album that I've heard from Elizabeth and Rowan but it is my favorite!

 Wilderness by MIDAS FALL album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.88 | 5 ratings

Midas Fall Post Rock/Math rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars I just found that this band that has been a favorite of mine for almost ten years is in the PA database! Quelle suprise! This is an awesome female-led Post Rock with singer/songwriter/guitarist Elizabeth Heaton and Rowan Burn on lead guitar. Ms. Heaton definitely has in her possession one of the most powerful, beautiful, emotionally expressive voices I've heard from the 21st Century. Her voice is so nimble and her singing style so unpredictable that I find myself often thinking that there must be a second voice--or second track--being sung. But it's not so! It's all her! Brilliant and refreshingly different song-writing throughout. Special shout-out to the drummer, Chris Holland: Mark Heron rules!

Five star songs: the haunting, heavy, heart-wrenching, triphoppy opener, 1. "The Unravelling King" (5:37) (10/10); the surprisingly layered, textured 4. "Our World Recedes" (5:21) (10/10); the power vocal and TORI AMOS sound of 9. "BPD" (4:27) (10/10); the sensitive, dreamy and careful finale, "Wilderness" (5:42) (10/10) 6. the short but packs a punch 6. "Fight First" (2:12) (9/10); 3. "Carnival Song" (5:04) (9/10); and, the deceptively delicate, Sarah MacLachlan-like; "The Moon and The Shine" (5:50) (9/10).

Five stars; a minor masterpiece of progressive rock music.

The best Math Rock/Post Rock album of 2013.

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