Midlake's For the Sake of Bethel Woods, their first album in a decade, is out March 18, and they've just shared the title track to the album. Dark and propulsive, the song is a grabber. As you may know, Bethel Woods is the home of the original Woodstock festival, which figures into the album and its creation.
“‘Bethel Woods’ lyrically was born out of a documentary film still of our keyboardist Jesse Chandler’s dad, Dave, at 16-years-old, sitting in the massive crowd of Woodstock in 1969,” says Midlake’s Eric Pulido. “I felt that moment in time embodied the perfect depiction of a paradisal place. Dave tragically died a few years ago 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.’”