“…but it’s building up inside, and you don’t even know.”

“Never Start” by Middle Kids | I should catch up with the usual western suspects again. I realize this while preparing Jeany’s next column. It comes out this Monday – our anniversary week! – but was in the works for months, and is a bit of a homage to the fact that we became friends because of our common love for British indie. That, of course, branched out to many things, which explains why I now feel left behind when it comes to the usual western suspects. Take Middle Kids, for example. Aussie band, suddenly (relatively) everywhere in the United States. (The situation’s similar to when I first came across Sunflower Bean – they were already almost everywhere.) I heard their KCRW session and liked what I heard – and then heard their interview and remembered just how oddly comforting an Aussie accent is, especially on a musician who usually, somehow, sheds that accent when performing. Reminds me of the days when I listened to nothing but Triple J and picked up Courtney Barnett in the process. Oh, those were the days. Now, I listen to a lot of K-pop, because I like the playlist, nothing more. [NB]


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