Aussie trio Middle Kids have just dropped their new six-track mini-album, 'New Songs for Old Problems'. Recorded at the band’s own studio in Sydney and produced by Tim Fitz, it follows on from the group’s debut ‘Lost Friends’, tackling some of life’s most relatable hang-ups - from second-guessing yourself, to people who aren’t quite what they seem. Hannah Joy talks us through the release, track by track.
'Beliefs & Prayers' is a fanfare about people pretending to be nice when actually they are not. It’s rambunctious and intense and if it were a cheese it would be Roquefort.
I wrote 'Salt Eyes' because I used to think I needed alcohol to be okay when it was, in fact, one of the things that was making me not okay. The opening chords make me feel like I’m 20 years old arriving at a party and realising that I am not drunk enough to endure it.
'Needle' is a real rambly song singing about the phenomenon of everybody telling everybody else what to do on the internet because we’re all experts and we all know best. But then we are so SAD and ANXIOUS so what’s that all about?
'Real Thing' is the lifelong quest for meaning. The quiet, persistent voice in the stillness that constantly checks to see if you truly think you’ve found the thing you’re looking for. It has a cool pairing of crunchy guitars against a saucy groove.
'Call Me Snowflake' is slightly unhinged but manages to keep itself together. It’s the most rough, punky moment on 'New Songs for Old Problems'. But it’s also quite sensitive which is really brought out the in the long coda jam.
It is sometimes hard to go on and that is what 'Big Softy' is all about. The accordion in this song helps wheeze out the emotion in the chorus. Sometimes we just need an acknowledgement that life is hard, it has been since the beginning of time, and sometimes you need to just sing that out and then continue on.
Middle Kids' new album 'New Songs for Old Problems' is out now.