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Album Review

The two founding members of Midstates (Paul Heintz and Steve Munoz) hit several obstacles since their first record. Despite several lineup changes, the closing of Audio Information Phenomena records, and a name change from Novasonic Down Hyperspace, one thing remains constant: the Chicago band's ability to write celestial space rock. Chiming guitars, delicate Wurlitzer, and easygoing vocals once again bring to mind Spiritualized and Galaxie 500, though they also tread in similar wonderlands as the Flaming Lips with their grand orchestrations. Singalong vocals with a bunch of friends (not quite a choir) in "Independency" is great faux-gospel and just one of several nice arrangements. Blues and jazz find their place as well, like when Midstates rock out on "Clear the Clouds," which features the typical space rock line "I don't know the way home and the stars won't show me the way (it's so cloudy)." Fortunately, the band found its way to Mental Monkey and released yet another floating-in-space rhapsody.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Midstates is the subsequent project name from members of Novasonic Down Hyper Space, who released two records and played shows with Stratford 4, Windy & Carl, Aspera, and Flowchart. Following several lineup shifts, founding members Paul Heintz and Steve Munoz were joined by bassist Adam Province, drummer Dan Chambers, guitarist Michael Dahlman, and percussionist...
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