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Mint Mile

Mint Mile

Randy Korwin

Mint Mile, Whelms, Andrew Cohen & Light Coma 

When: Fri., March 11, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $10
Mint Mile is the solo project of Chicagoan Tim Midyett, known best for cofounding the powerful, richly lyric Silkworm, then for Bottomless Pit, the combo that emerged from Silkworm’s ashes in 2005 following the tragic death of drummer Michael Dahlquist. But Bottomless Pit haven’t recently been active, and though their official status is “on hiatus,” it seems more like the band has ended their run. Multi-instrumentalist Midyett wrote and sang the four songs on Mint Mile’s terrific 2015 debut, EP In Season & Ripe (Comedy Minus One), while his longtime sidekick Andy Cohen—who was a part of both Silkworm and Bottomless Pit—plays acoustic guitar. Mint Mile sound gentler than their predecessors, with slightly more baroque arrangements—like Howard Draper’s lush slide guitar filigree on “Mountain Lion,” or the pretty piano embellishments on “Wound”—but Midyett’s fragile voice serves as the common ground. The group, which also includes drummer Jeff Panall (ex Songs: Ohia), seem to play even less than Bottomless Pit, but as Midyett sings on the title track, music remains a crucial life force for him. He notes that sounds “Will never sound the same / As they did the days I first heard them sound” and that “They become the things I live for more and more.” It’s a lovely metaphor for the object of love he sings about in the next verse.
— Peter Margasak

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