The Middle East – Recordings of the Middle East (2008)

12.05.2009

Many of us experience the certain phenomenon when an album can’t be listened to enough. It gets to the point you have to take it out of your CD player or move on in your Ipod before you get completely lost in it.  The Middle East made an amazing record in 2008 that was in and out of my CD player for a good 6 months.  That might be a common occurrence for some, but when you find yourself trying to discover new music on a daily basis, it kills your indie credentials.  This Australian band makes melancholy music with raw emotion, pretty use of instrumentation, and a knack to write songs easily singable but also sad and heartbreaking.  They use a great mix of vocal harmonies, interesting lyrics, and chants through choruses.  Another great album for the winter but also great for a drive with the windows down late in summer.  I am extremely excited for the future of this band and where the musical mixed bag they write from will take them.

For Fans Of: Seagull, Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, Minus Story, Destroyer, Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver, M. Ward

Standout Tracks: “The Darkest Side”, “Blood”

Buy

-Steve

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