by Zolton in New Music on Friday 19 July 2013

Eric Pulido plays with the earthy and ethereal folk pop group, Midlake, who formed in Texas back in 1999. Their crowning glory to date has been the 2006 release, The Trials of Van Occupanther, a richly textured, slow moving masterpiece which captures the five-piece in rarer form. These are the songs that have inspired him, written in his own words.

Liam Finn / Second Chance
I was pleased to find that Liam’s pop sensibility didn’t fall far from the tree (son of Crowded House’s Neil Finn). But after listening to the album more and seeing him live, I’ve realized that he has a voice of his own and it is amazing.

The Czars / Goodbye
A label mate (Bella Union) and amazing talent, John Grant of The Czars breaks my heart with each syllable he croons. It’s hard to choose one tune, but this one is beautiful indeed.

Rufus Wainwright / I Don’t Know What It Is
I think that Rufus Wainwright is one of the most important artists of our time. I would encourage everyone to buy his whole catalogue of music, not to mention, see him live. He is beautifully flawless.

Radiohead / Weird Fishes
What can I say? They epitomize where most would love to be as an artist. They continually put out quality songs, sounds, and live performances. I’m always curious as to what they will do next and greatly revere who they are as artists.

The Band / King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
Probably my favorite band of all time, The Band embodies the true idea of a musical group (so their name is quite fitting). I became quite enamored by the members, songs, and story of this band some years back, and am constantly moved and inspired by their music.

Cat Stevens / If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
This song first appeared on one of my favorite movies of all time, Harold and Maude. I listen to a lot of Cat Stevens when away from home and its very comforting. Something about his music puts me in a peaceful state of mind.

Steeleye Span / Thomas the Rhymer
Bands like Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention of the British-folk era have been very influential to us in writing and recording our album-in-progress. The sounds and arranging of this song are really great and voices like Maddy Prior and Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) are golden.

Genesis / Entangled
Definitely not the most popular or critically acclaimed work of Genesis, this album came out in 1976 and was the part of their vast discography that I enjoy the most. This track stands out to me as an absolute masterpiece.