The Trials of Van Occupanther

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The Trials of Van Occupanther
Studio album by Midlake
Released July 25, 2006
Recorded 2005-2006
Genre Folk rock
Progressive folk
Length 44:51
Label Bella Union
Producer Tim Smith and Midlake
Midlake chronology
Balloon Maker
(2005)
The Trials of Van Occupanther
(2006)
The Courage of Others
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
A.V. Club A- link
The Guardian 4/5 stars link
Mojo 4/5 stars
musicOMH 4/5 link
Pop Matters 4.5/5 stars

The Trials of Van Occupanther is the second album by American rock band Midlake. It was released on July 25, 2006, on Bella Union Records.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tim Smith.

  1. Roscoe – 4:49
  2. Bandits – 4:04
  3. Head Home – 5:45
  4. Van Occupanther – 3:15
  5. Young Bride – 4:56
  6. Branches – 5:02
  7. In This Camp – 5:46
  8. We Gathered in Spring – 3:33
  9. It Covers the Hillsides – 3:14
  10. Chasing After Deer – 2:42
  11. You Never Arrived – 1:45

The EU edition contains 4 bonus tracks:

  1. Mornings Will be Kind
  2. Marion
  3. It Covers The Hillsides (alt version)
  4. Paper Gown

The Australian edition includes a bonus CD with the following tracklisting:

  1. Mornings Will Be Kind (2005)
  2. Paper Gown (2001)
  3. It Covers The Hillsides (alt version) (2006)
  4. Excited But Not Enough (2001)
  5. Golden Hour (2001)

Personnel[edit]

  • Tim Smith — vocals, piano, keyboard, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, flute
  • Eric Pulido — electric guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Eric Nichelson — keyboards, piano, acoustic guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Paul Alexander — bass, double bass, electric guitar, keyboards, piano, bassoon
  • McKenzie Smith — drums, percussion

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Linda Salisbury — French horn on "Branches" and "Van Occupanther"
  • Josh Ello — violin on "Young Bride"

Production notes[edit]

  • Songs and lyrics by Tim Smith
  • Produced by Tim Smith and Midlake
  • Engineered and mixed by Paul Alexander and Midlake
  • Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music
  • Photos by Tim Smith
  • Design and layout by Tim Carter and Midlake
  • Recorded and mixed in Denton, TX

External links[edit]