Middle Kids – New Songs for Old Problems
A continuation of their previous record, on New Songs for Old Problems Australia's Middle Kids create a rich palette of sounds that cuts across the indie genre
In 2018, Australian indie rock band Middle Kids made a huge feat with their critically acclaimed debut album, Lost Friends. Following that success, the trio made up of Hannah Joy, Tim Fitz and Harry Day continued to thrill listeners during their tour around the world. Their new mini-album New Songs for Old Problems is a throwaway of beautiful records that serves as a continuation of their previous project and an appetizer for a new album.
There's something so raw and beautiful about the entire project. This could be because of Joy’s fluid vocal dexterity which she flexes on songs like Beliefs & Prayers and Call Me Snowflake. It could also be linked to the mildly mixed production which contributes to win through songs like Needle and Real Thing. One notable track is the bittersweet melody of Real Thing which features Joy’s powerful vocal sighs and Middle Kids' signature fuzzed-out guitar sound that plays a major role in their music.
At the heart of every song on this mini-album is Joy’s golden voice which shines bright thanks to the inventive production by Fitz and Day. On New Songs for Old Problems, Joy’s striking voice ranges from high to low as she lays bitter, reflective and poetic lyrics. Together, Middle Kids create a rich palette of sounds that cuts across the indie genre.
Listen to: Needle, Big Softy