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The first single ‘Back To Life’ from the forthcoming Neil & Liam Finn album Lightsleeper, released on August 24 2018.  Neil Finn and his son Liam have made an album together.

Despite both being career musicians, the album, called Lightsleeper, is the first time Neil and Liam have written songs together. Lightsleeperis a true family affair, also featuring Liam’s mum Sharon Finn on bass and brother Elroy Finn on drums.

Since the 1970s Finn’s achieved numerous musical successes as both a solo artist and a member of Split Enz and then Crowded House.

Liam, 34, released his first album I’ll Be Lightningin 2007. He’s toured with the likes of Wilco, The Black Keys and Pearl Jam. Though this is the first time he’s written music with his dad, they have played together on stage numerous times, most recently in January when the pair toured New Zealand together.

“Back To Life” from the forthcoming Neil & Liam Finn album ‘Lightsleeper.’ Out August 24, 2018

Lightsleeper was recorded mostly at the elder Finn’s studio in Auckland, New Zealand, with help from his wife and Liam’s mother Sharon on bass, and Liam’s brother Elroy on drums, among other guests, including Fleetwood Mac guitarist Mick Fleetwood, who recently tapped Neil Finn to help replace Lindsey Buckingham in the band for their upcoming reunion tour.

Neil and Liam Finn will release their first collaborative album together – Lightsleeper – on August 24.

Sydney's Middle Kids, and pop-punk legends Blink-182

Sydney’s Middle Kids are currently one of the most successful musical exports that Australia has produced in recent times. With the group already riding high on a wave of success, they’ve just gone and released a brilliant acoustic cover of Blink-182’s ‘All The Small Things’, the group’s new “sad folk version” of the classic pop-punk anthem comes as part of an upcoming compilation album by online retailing giant Amazon

“We don’t play covers in our live set, but we are interested in the infinite discovery of what makes a ‘great’ song,” the band said. “In this recording, we were attempting to re-imagine a pop-punk classic as a sad country ballad. We kept the beautiful words and the melody, but changed instrumentation to bring out different emotion.”

The group’s cover of the track comes from the new Amazon Acoustics playlist, which is set to drop tomorrow. The playlist also includes a number of other brilliant artists performing acoustic originals and covers, such as Beach Slang, Cody ChesnuTT, Richard Edwards of Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, and Ruby Empress.

You might also recall the other brilliant covers that Middle Kids have tackled lately, including their astonishing version of Crowded House’s ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ for triple j’s Like A Version, and their cover of Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Fill In The Blank’ for the SiriusXMU Sessions. .

Middle Kids are a Sydney-based bundle of sheer buzz at the moment, but in our books it’s more than justified. Their debut EP is a lovely piece of work, and hit single ‘Edge Of Town’ bowls us over every time.

Middle Kids’ Car Seat Headrest cover might be the best thing you’ll hear this week

Today, they have a new gem for us in the form of a glimmering piano take on ‘Fill In The Blank’ by Car Seat Headrest, performed as part of their live SiriusXMU Sessions recently. The guitar-based original makes it through the translation brilliantly, maybe even ending up as our preferred version as it comes out the other side.

Middle Kids are currently in the middle of a US tour, but they’re set to make their way back onto home shores back in November,  Check out Middle Kids’ cover of Blink-182’s ‘All The Small Things’, below.