Midlake was formed in 1999 by a group of jazz students at the University of North Texas. Their debut full-length album, 2004's 'Bamnan and Slivercork', was recorded at home in Denton, Texas and mastered at Abbey Road Studios. It showed a move in the direction of lo-fi psychedelic electronica, embracing influences such as Grandaddy and The Flaming Lips.
In 2006, after nearly a year-and-a-half of recording and re-recording, they completed their second release for Bella Union, The Trials of Van Occupanther. The album was a venture into classic-rock revivalism, with a sound reminiscent of Bob Welch-era Fleetwood Mac. In February 2010 the band released their third full length album 'The Courage of Others', which gained "album of the month" in Mojo.