Midlake have announced the departure of frontman Tim Smith and also confirmed they're working on their fourth album.

The Texan group confirmed the news in a statement on their website, also revealing how Smith left the band in November 2012.

The new album, entitled Antiphon is set to be released in the Autumn. It will be the band's first album since 2010's The Courage of Others. "We've pushed ourselves and challenged ourselves and feel that Antiphon represents an ultimate genesis both musically and spiritually," Midlake have said. Read the full statement below.

"Hello friends. Many days have passed since we saw you last. It's been a couple years since we released any music, and it’s been months since we last performed live. The time passed has brought progression, changes, hope and joy. We are pleased to announce that our new album entitled Antiphon will be released this fall. We are beyond excited to share this new record with everyone. Since the departure of Tim Smith from Midlake in November of last year, we've worked days and nights in the studio to write and record this album. We’ve pushed ourselves and challenged ourselves and feel that Antiphon represents an ultimate genesis both musically and spiritually.

"We have so many great announcements and plans developing but more than anything, we are excited to perform these new songs along with our past favorites live for you. We look forward to seeing some of you in August and if we miss you then, we will see you in the months following. There are several tour dates brewing Stateside and overseas so please check in frequently on this page as the updates will be coming often. Onward!



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