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Before splintering into a handful of other projects, The Middle East gave us this gorgeous 2011 album—their first and last. Just as Mumford & Sons were making folk huge again, this Townsville, Queensland ensemble dabbled in lush bluegrass (“Hunger Song”) and Flying Burrito Brothers-style country-rock (“Dan’s Silverleaf”), along with ruminative piano sketches (“Sydney to Newcastle”) and Neil Young-worthy fuzz (“Jesus Came to My Birthday Party”). Despite multiple singer/songwriters charting so many different directions, these songs coalesce into one of the brightest examples of modern Australian music.

Customer Reviews

PLEASE make more wondrous singy songs

I'm absolutely guttered that is band broke up. They produced an amazing album that I have not stop listening to in weeks. I just wish It caught on with more people because it truly is one of Australia's finest bands and finest albums. All the best until then I'm keeping my ears open for a John Farnham comeback.

Great music

I love this album so much, am very sad they aren't together anymore. They were great live too.

One of the greatest bands of all time!

Such a shame these guys broke up.. I saw them live and they captured the hearts of anyone they played to. Highly recommend you download this music and listen to it and it will change your life...


Formed: 2005 in Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2005 by a collective of first-year university students in Townsville, Australia, the Middle East specialize in lush, orchestral indie pop that blends the epic atmospherics of modern rock outfits like Mum and Sigur Rós with the earthy simplicity of modern indie folk acts like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and Iron and Wine. The group released its debut album, Recordings of the Middle East, independently in 2008. It was reissued internationally in 2010 on Australia’s Spunk label and...
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