Midlake (Bella Union)

Swaddled in faintly folk-rock acoustic guitars, rich in lyrics that never quite explain themselves, Midlake’s third LP is even more elusive than their breakthrough The Trials Of Van Occupanther.

For all that though, it’s just as impressive – cohesive despite the carefully constructed mystery that surrounds it.

You occasionally wish Tim Smith would add a second dynamic to his tender, slightly sleepy voice, but that’s hair-picking about what’s ultimately a lovely, tender album.