This site is the home of my new project called Harp. The first album is currently being worked on and is sure to take a long time, but if you're interested please sign the mailing list and I'll let you know as soon as it's finished and available. Thanks for the support.
— Tim Smith, formerly of Midlake (Bamnan, Van Occupanther, Courage of Others)
An update from Tim: December 2014
I wanted to take a moment to write and let those who are interested know what's going on with Harp. As many of you know, I've never been one to rush the process of making music. And I am finding that with Harp, the music is coming even more slowly than I would like. So, while good things are happening musically, the release date of this project is still unknown. In fact, if I'm honest, at this stage it's feeling far away with no end in sight.
Many of you have been kind to write and encourage me as I've been working through this, and I know that many of you are eagerly awaiting more from me. I can't tell you how grateful I am for your support and encouragement. Thank you all.
Just know that the work continues, that I'm doing my best to continue to work on what I hope will be a really meaningful album.
Again, thanks to all of you. I will let you know of any new developments as they come. Until then...
Peace and Love,
It is true, I left Midlake in November 2012. The short story is after touring "Courage" we immediately got to work on our next album intended to be called "Seven Long Suns" which seemed like it would be our strongest album to date. The problem arose when trying to record definitive versions of songs. To me the recordings felt lifeless, stale, and unemotional. Not everyone agreed with me. This trial and error and loss of spirit went on for nearly 2 years. I knew I was holding them back and I knew some of them felt the same way. There was no huge fight. I just felt it wasn't going to happen (given there was only 1 song recorded in 2 years that I liked called "Festival"...which I'd love to see released someday) and thought they'd be better off without me and vice versa. I guess that was true cause they wrote and recorded all new songs in 6 months which has never happened with me at the helm. I wish them the best. I love them all and expect they'll reach a much higher level of notoriety without me.
As for me I haven't quit making music. I've been wanting to form Harp for some time now, which consists of just myself at the moment and maybe others later as needed. I'm sure it won't disappoint Midlake fans cause that sound is near impossible for me to escape. I wish I had something out now but my journey is just beginning and is sure to take a long time. Just know that no one wants this Harp album to see the light of day more than I do. I'm very grateful to everyone who has supported me over the years. I'm truly glad the music I wrote meant something to you and hope for that to continue if possible. -Tim