ALBUM REVIEW: Middle Kids – Lost Friends
Middle Kids bursted onto the Australian music scene last year with their self titled EP that perfectly introduced their alternative indie rock to the world. It didn’t take long for their track “Edge Of Town to go a little bit viral which is no surprise with it’s slight angsty and catchy hook. The Sydney trio have finally released their debut album ahead of a massive sell out Australian tour that cements their grip. “Lost Friends” is a collection of 12 indie-rock tracks that soars with soulful vocals and country influenced harmonies. Album opener “Bought It” introduces these country influences with a little incorporation of strings and moody production which raises it to the next level. Lead single “Mistake” then offers a big and strong hook that has a strange uplifting feel to it with the way the harmonies collide during the chorus. It’s a bit of a belter really and their breakthrough hit “Edge Of Town” also delivers that feeling. They definitely know how to put together a strong hook that has a strong singalong moment that will become a favourite at festivals like “On My Knees”, “Don’t Be Hiding” and “Please”. Hannah Joy’s vocals shine during the brief and intimate “Hole” that makes songs like “So Long Farewell I’m Gone” stand out with it’s slow burning production. “Tell Me Something” hears them starting off intimate before introducing a steady and commanding drum beat while “Never Start” just instantly has that rockier production. The most country influenced track is the predictable “Maryland” whilst the albums stand out moment comes from title track “Lost Friends”. It’s a mid tempo indie-rock track that croons the lyrics “I lost all my friends that day” and creates a nostalgic production through the use of their harmonies. This record takes off where their EP left off and grows their indie-rock sound to give you those singalong moments as well as those intimate and honest ones too. It will also make you want to witness their live show ASAP.
You can purchase a copy of Middle Kids debut album “Lost Friends” from Sanity now https://www.sanity.com.au/products/2365314/Lost_Friends