Midlake
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Denton, Texas-based MIDLAKE has always been a band of restless omnivores. But on Antiphon (ATO Records, $12), its first album since singer Tim Smith left the group, “We opened up our palette to even more influences, from classical to Motown to psychedelia,” says Eric Pulido, a founding member who’s made the jump to lead vocalist.

Here are four albums that Pulido says helped shape Antiphon:

PINK FLOYD, Meddle (1971):
“We dove headfirst into this record and internalized the sound. Bands should always feel this kind of freedom to play a 22-minute jam, even though you might not make any money doing it.”

THE BEE GEES, Their Greatest Hits: The Record (2001):
“It’s true: I had a disco ball hanging from my rearview mirror in high school. I love The Bee Gees for both the right and wrong reasons, but I especially like early songs like ‘Holiday,’ when they were more folk.”

GENESIS, A Trick of the Tail (1976):
“I always loved this record, but it became more poetic for me after Tim left because it’s Genesis’ first record after Peter Gabriel left. Bands are growing organisms. We change and move on.”

THE BAND, The Band (1969):
“A friend put headphones on me and played ‘Whispering Pines,’ and I was hooked. Richard Manuel’s voice breaks my heart, and you could write a whole book on Levon Helm’s drumming. They’re a hard band to define, but they’re my all-time favorite.”