The Middle East “The Darkest Side”

By One Track Mind on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009  |  6,439 views

Alt-Folk, Indie-Pop

The Middle East “The Darkest Side” The Middle East “The Darkest Side”

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Naming your band The Middle East raises all sorts of expectations, but this Australian band does an excellent job confounding most of them. Rather than playing to the beleaguered region’s tumultuous reputation, the band trades in serene melodies and delicate caresses. In 2008, the band released their debut five-song EP, The Recordings of The Middle East, in their native country. On October 27th, it will make its unfortunately belated debut everywhere else in the world. Treats like this, however, are well worth the wait, and fans of acts such as Kings of Convenience and José González will not be disappointed.

The Middle East’s premiere begins with “The Darkest Side,” a five minute long scenic perambulation that doesn’t just stop to smell the roses–it also pulls out an easel and canvas to paint an impressionistic ode to the sights and scents. Its leisurely pace and gentle musicality belie some exceptional songwriting that is both patient and dazzling. “The Darkest Side” is imbued with a romantic spirit that makes it instantly lovable while its brilliance and beauty stand up to many repeated listens. The Middle East is proving to be an excellent place to spend some time.

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Josh Says:

    Lovely. As soothing as a cherry-honey cough drop.

  2. Violette Says:

    Stunning.

  3. Mckenzie Sowerby Says:

    Howdy that

  4. premier hacks Says:

    Hi there! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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