Middle Kids have released a new single, ‘Highlands’.
Following on from their album ‘Today We’re The Greatest’ and out now via Lucky Number, and recent drop ‘Bootleg Firecracker’, the Sydney-based three-piece spent six weeks of last year recording their new material with producer Jonathan Gilmore in Eastbourne, UK.
Lead singer Hannah Joy explains: “Since I was young, I’ve had this yearning to be free. In this song I used an image of the ‘highlands’ as a euphoric place where I have the space to be me, and you have the space to be you. Part of the imagery comes from my Scottish heritage, which my grandmother was always so proud of. I recorded some big slow piano chords which Tim mangled into the atmospheric hits in the intro.
“When we finished the song with Jon Gilmore in the UK, he thought it was important that the song felt punky, like a bunch of teenagers practising in their garage. So, there are these 2 energies fighting it out – the constricted energy of the domestic space and the wide open energy of the highlands. We have a friend who calls this kind of music ‘yearncore’. It’s that impatient energy that says, ‘I can’t keep waiting, I need a change’.”
Check out the single below.