Next week Midlake will release Antiphon, the band’s fourth album and their first since the departure of former singer Tim Smith. Fans have already had the chance to preview the first two singles, “Antiphon” and “Provider,” and you can currently give the entire record at test spin over at NPR. Given early responses, it appears that the lineup change has left the band relatively unscathed, with guitarist Eric Pulido stepping up to provide lead vocal duties. Still, the loss of a much-beloved front man is never an easy transition for any band to weather and, according to Pulido, there was definitely a period of time when it seemed like the future of the band might be in doubt. Luckily, the band did indeed decide to stick together and the resulting album shakes free of the English folksiness that permeated 2010′s The Courage Of Others in favor of the moody pastorals that made their earlier records such an endearing listen. I snagged a few minutes with Pulido to talk about his new role as bandleader and what the next year or so has in store for Midlake.