MIDAS FALL: Cold Waves Divide Us, The Fifth Album From Scottish Progressive Post-Rock Trio, Is Out Today On Monotreme Records

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Cold Waves Divide Us, the fifth full-length album from Scottish progressive post-rock trio MIDAS FALL, is out today worldwide on Monotreme Records and is streaming everywhere.

For the follow-up to their critically lauded, 2018-released full-length, Evaporate, founding MIDAS FALL members Elizabeth Heaton and Rowan Burn are joined by Michael Hamilton. Cold Waves Divide Us sees the band at their most confidently visceral, each song moving beautifully between quiet and loud, gentle and crushing. “This album is a heavier and bigger experience than the last album,” notes Heaton. “We kept the atmospheric strings and ‘80s synths of Evaporate but wanted to add heavier layered elements, to represent more what we sound like live.”

Opener “In the Morning We’ll Be Someone Else” starts quietly with serene piano and vocals, ominously ratcheting up the tension to walls of crashing guitars and Heaton’s soaring vocals. “I Am Wrong” thunders along on pounding rhythmic drums swirling around heavy swathes of low and delicate melodic highs. With “Monsters,” the band is more contemplative, with an ethereal beginning making way for gorgeously syncopated guitar and drums, while “Cold Waves Divide Us” builds slower, allowing Heaton’s voice to gracefully float over the growing force beneath it. “Avalanche” is a bittersweet lullaby showcasing Heaton’s heart-rending vocals in one of the quieter moments on the album. Elsewhere “Point Of Diminishing Return” sees a more electronic influence, with glittering shimmered synths taking the space where guitar melodies were, but with all of the post-rock beauty that the duo are known for, something “Little Wooden Boxes” showcases perfectly, expertly hovering between gentle clean guitar and piano, and exhilarating, uplifting full-band, full-bore epic.

Cold Waves Divide Us is now available on CD and digital formats as well as limited edition 180g vinyl , with 150 copies pressed on Black and 350 on Clear w/ Orange/Black Splatter.

 Order the record at the Monotreme Records webshop at THIS LOCATION and find the record on streaming services HERE.

 Watch MIDAS FALL’s videos for “Cold Waves Divide Us” video HERE, “Monsters” HERE, and “I Am Wrong” HERE.

“The mood, for the most part, is uncompromisingly melancholic, but there is light amid the despair – most noticeably when ‘In This Avalanche’ sees Heaton sounding positively lovestruck as she sings of ‘lying next to you’ and taking comfort from the fact that ‘It’s the weight of the world but I know I’m with you.’” – Prog Magazine

MIDAS FALL paint moving sonic landscapes in lush waves of ambient rock and impassioned vocals.” – The Progressive Aspect

“…eerie and ethereal, creating a great sense of mood with the music and mesmerizing vocals.” – New Noise Magazine

“Across the album moments will hit at different times and in different ways, it’s a great album for an instant impact but gives even deeper impressions on repeated listens. Its minimalist approach gives off maximalist results and Cold Waves Divides Us is going to be a truly special release this year and amongst the band’s output thus far.” – Echoes And Dust

“…a hauntingly beautiful, yet simultaneously stirring and bombastic collection of tunes… Both fragile and ferocious, here is a musical journey that will be a treat to retread time and again.” – The Razor’s Edge

Elizabeth Heaton – vocals, guitars, strings, synths, piano, drums
Rowan Burn – guitars, synths, piano, drums
Michael Hamilton – bass, synths, drums