Sydney trio Middle Kids are a band in the ascendant – their debut album ‘Lost Friends’ released in 2018 received universal praise, leading to some notable supports and US tv appearances – check out a stunning live performance of the album here. Ultimately the band moved to Los Angeles where they have worked on their next album ‘Today, We’re The Greatest’ which has just been announced for release on 19 March 2021 along with an Australian tour.

As a taste of what’s to come, the band has dropped a track and video entitled ‘Questions’. And what a tasty portent this is.

Singer and songwriter Hannah Joy’s voice is delicious – a thread of melancholia runs through it as it glides over a percussive clatter and a bubbling, driving rhythm that picks up speed. The culmination in a horn based riff is exquisite – a perfect pop song conclusion that is energising and ebullient.

This is enticing and pulse-quickening indie pop at its best.

Of the song’s themes, Joy says:

Questions is about the fallacies of intimate relationships. I used to drink a lot and most of my previous relationships revolved around this. I don’t think I ever really knew them or they me as a result. ‘Questions’ is about people being around each other but not being close. People who are in intimate relationships can stop asking questions of each other because they are uncomfortable and confusing.

The video is utterly charming – a sense of naivety and innocent joy:

You can pre-order ‘Today We’re The Greatest’ here and catch the band on tour along the Eastern seaboard of Australia in May – full details and tickets available here.

Feature Photograph: Daphne Nyugen