Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is “Edge of Town” by Middle Kids, a 2016 single on MMG Records.
Middle Child Syndrome leaves a middle child feeling left out and invisible in between the firsts the first-born will accomplish, and the spoiling the baby of the family will receive. Although this is the case for many groups of three, Sydney’s Middle Kids definitely won’t be feeling left out of anything music-related anytime soon. With only two singles out, the buzz is only growing around the Australian trio consisting of Hannah Joy, Tim Fitz, and Harry Day.
“Edge of Town” is the group’s debut single. Lead vocalist Hannah Joy’s vocals are immediately captivating on the track, and only continue build in intensity as the track goes on. Combined with airy, piercing guitars, Middle Kids create wave after wave of emotion that ripples throughout the entire track. The song itself explores the feeling of thinking you’re in control of everything, and then realizing you aren’t when something like the Earth swallowing you whole happens. The angst and frustration of having no control can be felt at times, while there is also a sense of optimism and comfort that comes from embracing the unknown.
If you’re looking for more Middle Kids, you won’t find them in America anytime soon as of right now. After playing LA and NY a few days ago, they’re back playing a few shows in Australia later this month. If you need a quick fix, check out their other single “Your Love”, which is equally as intoxicating. Also, be sure to keep up with their Facebook page for future dates and watch the video for “Edge of Town” below.