You know a band is Next-Big-Thing material when you play the first song you hear from them about a dozen times in a row. That’s what I did with Australian band The Middle East and their newly released track, the stunning and slightly menacing “The Darkest Side” (which sounds a bit like a Thom Yorke track, without the bleeps and adding a female co-singer). The song, along with four others cast from the same bare-bones folky, slow-building mould, make up a new EP, the well-titled Recordings of The Middle East (which can be purchased for $1 at Think Indie). It also, along with the acclaimed new record from The xx, makes me wonder if we’re at the dawn of a new genre, one I’ll call The New Simplicity (or glacial rock?), a counter-movement against the over-produced lofi beachrock that has been so prevalent lately. You heard it here first...
The Middle East: The Darkest Side
from the EP Recordings of The Middle East
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