14 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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About The Middle East

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 supported by shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including performances at Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, T in the Park, and other festivals. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  • FORMED
    2005

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