MIDDLE KIDS – ”  Today We’re The Greatest “

Posted: March 19, 2021 in MUSIC
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From their first, self-titled EP in 2017, to debut album Lost Friends, the Sydney band has always had a knack for wrapping their listeners up in warmth and instant comfort. On their folow up album, “Today We’re The Greatest”, Middle Kids keep up that spirit of optimism. Yet in the song writing and delivery of its 12 tracks, “Today We’re The Greatest” feels more grown up. 

There’s no denying that Middle Kids are very good at what they do. They’re pros – consummate songwriters and performers. But what happens when the impressionable indie kids grow up? When life takes hold and points them in different directions, how does that affect the musical output?. For Middle Kids, it’s made for an album that reflects not just the change in their band and their personal lives, but also a realisation that your relationship with music can change over time.

“I want to make music that loves its listener,” songwriter Hannah Joy says. “Music that makes people feel seen, seen in the tiny little places that hide away in their hearts. I want people to hear our music, and feel a sense of love. And when I say love, it can be challenging, intense and tough. But it’s in the guts.” It’s an interesting way to describe music’s effects. When that unique connection is struck, a moving piece of music can make you cry, get you through, rile you up, make you intensely happy.

The way Today We’re The Greatest deploys Middle Kids’ sentimentality and romanticism stands out as one of its biggest drawcards. The front end of the album is stacked with moods. The slow burn of album opener ‘Bad Neighbours’ with its stream of consciousness storytelling. The shimmering nature of ‘Cellophane (Brain)’ that punches things into bright indie rock territory. 

Songs like ‘R U 4 Me?’ and ‘Questions’, which revel in the type of emotional upswings that could easily put them on an Arcade Fire record. 

Although all of the above are different in their energy and impact, the boldness that Middle Kids have applied to their production and creation – that we see throughout the rest of the album – shows how they themselves have changed in between albums. Notably, Hannah and bandmate/husband Tim Fitz were preparing to become first-time parents while making the album.

Recorded at the end of 2019, Today We’re The Greatest would be in mixing and post-production for much of 2020. It proved to be a shift of pace for Middle Kids who, before this point, had been living life largely on tour. Now, settled in Sydney with a new life about to come into the world, the band was given the opportunity to look at the way they made music differently. For the first time in a long time, they had the opportunity to breathe.

“We use the word ‘beauty’ in terms of shaping it,” Hannah said, reflecting on the recording process. “I think because we were trying to create more beautiful moments, there’s been a different emphasis [compared to] some of our older stuff. I think there’s beauty in there, but I think it’s been more edgy, empowering…those classic indie pop sounds. This has been about trying to sit in the space a little bit more and seeing what happens.”

Middle Kids’ forthcoming album ‘Today We’re The Greatest,’ out March 19th, 2021.

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