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SOUNDS LIKE: Feeling sad on a sunny day.
FOR FANS OF: Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith, Beach House.
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: "I want to pour really deep-seated, weird, twisted secrets into a sugary pop song," says frontman of Brisbane duo Mid Ayr, Hugh Middleton. Amid dulcet tones that wash over jangly guitars and bright bass riffs, Mid Ayr bind the intricacies of everyday melancholy with a broader sadness that echoes through their sophomore EP, Elm Way.
Middleton remembers the first song he ever wrote: "I was into super morbid depressing stuff for a 13 year old. I think it was called something pretentious like 'Half Awake' [laughs]." Elm Way feels like the perfect distillation of the music that inspired him then; a prog-rock-meets-Enya sound that Middleton aptly describes as ethereal-grunge.
THEY SAY: Middleton says of Elm Way: "It's focused on questions that don't really have answers, but that I'm trying to vent out and make meaning of. It's like a journal — you let it out and then you feel better about it because it's done."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: "Pocket Her Eyes" is hooky and wonderful; "Looking For the Way Out" feels quiet and meditative.
Watch Mid Ayr vocalist Hugh Middleton perform "Pocket Her Eyes", live at the Rolling Stone Australia office: