Skip to main content

Ads

loading...

Featured Post

Disney Plus Release Date, Price, Exclusive Shows & UK Launch

Here's what to expect from Disney's upcoming Netflix rival Disney+, including when it's launching, how much it'll cost, and what you'll be able to watch on it
Disney is the latest company to wade into the film and TV streaming game with Disney+ - or Disney Plus if you prefer - a new streaming service that will let you watch all of the Mouse House's best and brightest in one place.

Ads

ads

Flipboard

Flipboard

Middle Kids - Lost Friends Music Album Reviews

Middle Kids - Lost Friends Music Album Reviews
The Australian trio’s debut album deals in radiant, anthemic indie rock, balancing doubt-ridden lyrics with clear-eyed execution.

For a new band, Middle Kids come to the table with some ready-made talking points. Their lead singer, Hannah Joy, is a classically trained pianist who grew up singing church hymns. She recently married her multi-instrumentalist bandmate, Tim Fitz. Their drummer, Harry Day, studied jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. And in short order, they’ve found an enthusiastic supporter in none other than Elton John. And yet none of these CV highlights have any bearing on what the Australian trio actually sounds like. Despite their highbrow credentials, Middle Kids are, at heart, a band for the people. With Joy largely forsaking the piano for guitar, they deal in the sort of radiant, anthemic indie rock that sounds right at home on in-store satellite-radio playlists or in the background of pivotal scenes on prime-time dramedies. And lest you think Joy and Fitz’s matrimonial dynamic puts Middle Kids in an advantageous position to usurp Yo La Tengo as the most unabashedly romantic trio in the indie-verse, their debut album uses its lacquered sound as a bonding agent to hold together vivid portraits of relationships falling apart.

Lost Friends follows last year’s self-titled EP, whose rousing, Sir Elton-approved single “Edge of Town” reappears here to provide the thematic anchor for a record that’s all about fumbling your way through insecurities, indecision, and embarrassments. In singer/guitarist Joy, the band has a captivating mouthpiece who deftly navigates these emotional minefields with equal parts panic and poise, thanks to a naturally trembling voice that can harden into tough-love sentiment. Often, it’s directed at herself: On the country-tinged title track, she despondently waltzes through the wreckage of friendships she deliberately destroyed by “saying things I wouldn’t say” with just enough palpable regret to elicit our sympathies, while the inviting nocturnal atmosphere of “Bought It” conceals a cry for help from the back of the cab she used to escape an uncomfortable encounter with an ex. Joy’s no-filter straight talk can also be a source of comfort: On the rootsy rave-up “Don’t Be Hiding,” she offers warm assurance to a lover with body-image issues by singing, “You don’t have to sell it, I am sold/So give me all your garbage and your gold.”

But the sound of Lost Friends is as celebratory as its lyrical tone is serious. The trio often comes off like a band twice its size, coloring in the standard guitar/bass/drums arrangements with a rich palette of piano, strings, pedal steel, and electronic textures. With breezy sing-alongs like “Mistake” and “On My Knees,” they effectively thread the winsome early-’90s alt pop of Belly and the Cranberries with the big-tent ambitions of ’00s-era ensembles like Arcade Fire and the National (whose go-to mixer, Peter Katis, rides the faders here). But while Lost Friends’ slow-building ascents and soaring choruses function as necessary release valves for the unrest bubbling up from Joy’s lyrics, over the course of 12 tracks, a certain identikit quality takes hold. A number of tracks rely on the same trick, dropping out the instrumentation on the final chorus for dramatic effect (or, in the case of “Maryland,” resorting to the ol’ truck-driver gear change for extra uplift). “Please” is especially shameless in its bid for festival-conquering glory, as it rides the rumbling-tractor intro groove of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” en route to a generically glossy chorus that sounds like it was grafted on by a Top 40 song doctor.

If Lost Friends is ultimately defined by the contrast between its doubt-ridden lyrics and its confident, clear-eyed musical execution, the closing track, “So Long, Farewell, I’m Gone,” provides a tantalizing glimpse of what Middle Kids are capable of when they situate Joy’s nervous ruminations within an equally turbulent backdrop. Building up from an ominous repeated piano chord into a swirl of militaristic drum patterns, electronic oscillations, and crashing crescendos, the song foregrounds Middle Kids’ latent experimental tendencies without obscuring their intrinsic sing-along appeal. “When I was young I decided I was weird,” Joy declares; hopefully, she’ll stay true to her inner child, and in a few years time, we’ll be looking back at Lost Friends as Middle Kids’ Pablo Honey-style precursor to a more unpredictable path.

View the original article here

Comments

ads

loading...
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Loading...

Popular posts from this blog

Game Of Thrones Season 8 - End Game With Sinhala Subtitles

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Is First Huawei 5G Phone To Go On Sale In UK

Huawei has confirmed that its first 5G phone will arrive in the UK next month as the Mate 20 X 5G.
A larger version of the Huawei Mate 20, the Mate 20 X has some interesting additions, not least of all in this new edition support for 5G, which promises mobile data speeds 20 times that of 4G. Today Huawei has confirmed the Mate 20 X 5G will go on sale in the UK in June at £999.

Mark Zuckerberg Builds A Sleep Box For Wife To Have A Peaceful Sleep

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg expressed his love and gratitude by making an innovative wooden ‘sleep box’ for his wife Priscilla to have a peaceful sleep at night. The American tech entrepreneur, took his Instagram account and showed off his invention that helps his wife to sleep peacefully through the night as she cares for their children. The invention is known as the sleep box and emits a faint light between 6 am and 7 am so, Priscilla Chan can know that their two toddler daughters are about to wake up, without the need to have to check her phone.

Oppo Reno Review: Hands-on

The Oppo Reno boasts the strangest slider yet: a pivoting pop-up selfie camera that slides out at an angle
Should I Buy The Oppo Reno?
If you’re here for the camera then the Oppo Reno isn’t too exciting beyond that mega megapixel count. But as a cheaper way to get a full-screen phone with that wacky pop-up, it’s easy to see why the Reno might appeal.

Best eReader 2019

You can read a book on your phone or tablet but you'll get a much better experience on a dedicated device. Here are the best eReaders you can buy in 2019.
What's The Best E-Reader You Can Buy? With an eReader, you'll never be stuck for something to read.
The choice of eReaders is getting slimmer and slimmer, with only Amazon and Kobo releasing a range of new models recently. That doesn't mean eBooks are going away. It's just that more and more people are using their smartphone or tablet to read books.

Like Fan Page